Amanda Cole is a compelling and passionate performer specialising in art song, oratorio, chamber music, early music and the avant garde. As a soloist she has performed with some of the premier choirs, orchestras and ensembles in New Zealand, a highlight being the 100th anniversary celebrations of City Choir Dunedin, where she appeared with David Burchell, David Hamilton and Jonathan Lemalu in Handel’s Messiah. In Australia she has appeared with some of the country’s finest orchestras, including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as a member of small professional and semi-professional ensembles. Her more intimate performances have included Australian, New Zealand and world premieres, and she is active in promoting new music, receiving in 2011 a Creative New Zealand grant for a commission by Dame Gillian Whitehead.
As Artist in Residence at Jack Straw Productions in Seattle, USA, she recorded her debut CD of rarely heard Portuguese art songs, Saudade. In the US Journal of Singing, Gregory Berg described the recording as “uncommonly satisfying” due to its comprehensive attention to detail, its fascinating collection of songs, and its exemplary performances.
Amanda Cole holds music performance and foreign language degrees from the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts. She has won many awards and scholarships for singing and languages, including a Churchill Fellowship for study in Europe and a doctorate from Griffith University in performing arts education. She has presented academic papers at international conferences on music education, psychology, singing and the Alexander Technique and published in the Australian Journal of Music Education. She has taught at the University of Melbourne, the VCA and the University of Otago.
She is currently based in South East Queensland. Her 2016 Krieger Project–in collaboration with Janet Brewer and Neil Heymink–is generously supported by the Sunshine Coast Council and Arts Queensland (RADF). Her recent project, Three Forces of the Soul, a musical play about Hildegard von Bingen, was supported by RADF and the Inaugural Horizon Festival of the Sunshine Coast.