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Horniman Early Keyboard Competition 

Join us for the Horniman Early Keyboard Competition. Hear set works by Scarlatti, G Frescobaldi, J Haydn and WA Mozart among others. The competition will take place on Thursday 30 April and Friday 1 May, concluding with an award ceremony and the presentation, after a ballot, of a prize for the audience’s favourite. The ballot for the audience favourite will take place on Friday 1 May at 1pm followed by an award ceremony at 2pm.


  • Virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, Naples, 1668
  • Square piano by Adam Beyer, London, 1777


Thursday 30 April
Round One 15 minutes of music

Virginals: 7 to 8 minutes of music made up of selections from the following:

  • JJ Froberger: a toccata plus a suite from the first book (1649).
  • G Frescobaldi: a toccata from the first book (edition of 1637 (1st edition 1615)) plus a balletto, corrente and ciaccona or passacaglia.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti: any toccata plus various compositions 

Square piano: 7 to 8 minutes of music made up of selections from the following:

  • JC Bach: a sonata including at least two contrasting movements.
  • Domenico Scarlatti: a pair of contrasting sonatas.
  • Maria Hester Park: a sonata including at least two contrasting movements.

Friday 1 May
Round Two 25 minutes of music

Virginals: 12 to 13 minutes of music made up of selections from the following:

  • Any toccata, canzona or ricercare by GM Trabaci or M Rossi.
  • G Frescobaldi: a set of Partite.
  • G Frescobaldi: a toccata from the second book (1637).
  • JJ Froberger: a capriccio or ricercar from 1656 or 1658, plus a suite from the book of 1656.

Square piano: 12 to 13 minutes of music from the following:

  • J Haydn: a sonata including at least two contrasting movements.
  • WA Mozart: a sonata including at least two contrasting movements.
  • JL Dussek: a sonata including at least two contrasting movements.
  • Marianna von Martinez: a sonata including at least two contrasting movements.


Maggie Cole

American born, Maggie Cole enjoys an international musical life playing and recording on harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano. Resident in England, she is best known through numerous recitals on BBC Radio 3 and appearances at leading British festivals. Abroad, she has performed in venues from Seattle to Moscow, and from Finland to India.

In addition to a busy solo career, she enjoys duo partnerships with Michael Chance countertenor, Nancy Argenta and Julia Gooding sopranos, Philippa Davies flute, Steven Isserlis cello and Catherine Mackintosh violin. She also performs regularly with Trio Goya, her fortepiano trio with Kati Debretzeni and Sebastian Comberti, the Nash Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia and her Cambridge USA - based group The Sarasa Chamber Ensemble. With Sarasa, she has been able to extend her love of teaching to the development of a program that brings music, improvisation and poetry into facilities for youth offenders.

Maggie's recordings on harpsichord include Bach's Goldberg Variations, Soler Keyboard Sonatas, Poulenc's Concert Champêtre, Boccherini Sonatas with Steven Isserlis, Bach flute sonatas with Philippa Davies and the complete Bach violin sonatas with Catherine Mackintosh. On fortepiano, her CD of Haydn trios with Trio Goya will be followed soon by a recording of the Opus 1 Beethoven trios. On modern piano, Maggie has recently released a CD of music by Philippe Gaubert with flautist, Idit Shemer.

Maggie is a professor of fortepiano at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and teaches early keyboards at Dartington International Summer School.

Marcia Hadjimarkos 

Marcia Hadjimarkos performs, teaches, and records on a variety of keyboard instruments from the Cristofori piano to its modern counterpart, with a particular interest in the clavichord, square piano, and the 18th-century piano. 

Her recent projects include a recording of minimalist music on an 1887 Steinway and a toy piano programme with recorder player Michael Copley. Marcia has co-created programs such as ‘The Intimate Mozart’ (based on the Mozart family letters) with Gabriel Woolf and Philippe Borrini, and ‘Entre Deux Feux’ (commemorating the popular and art songs of World War I) with Marie Fraschina. She gave an 8-recital performance of the complete Haydn sonatas on several early keyboards and has had the pleasure of collaborating with Emma Kirkby, Julianne Baird, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, and Beth Taylor. Her performances are described as “imaginatively realized, full-blooded, and loving”, “brilliantly intelligent”, and “dynamic, free, and powerfully shaped”. 

She has performed at the International Piano Festival at La Roque d’Anthéron, La Folle Journée de Nantes, the Sablé Festival, the National Music Museum, Rencontres international harmoniques, the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival, the Russell Collection, the Cobbe Collection (recordings of Mozart Sonatas and Rondos), Haydn Sonatas, Character Pieces by C.P.E. Bach Haydn songs & cantatas with Emma Kirkby, Viennese music with Hugo Reyne (czakan), and Schubert Dances and Sonata have been enthusiastically received, and won awards including a Diapason d’Or. 

Catalina Vicens

Award-winning musician, Catalina Vicens, a native of Chile (now resident in Basel, Switzerland), started her international career at an early age. By the age of 20 she had already played in the main concert-halls in more than ten countries in North and South America, including the Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires Argentina, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and the Teatro Municipal do São Paulo.

Catalina studied harpsichord with Lionel Party (Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia), Robert Hill (Musikhochschule Freiburg) and Andrea Marcon and Jesper Christensen (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis). She later specialized in medieval music with Corina Marti, obtaining a Master's degree in Medieval Keyboard Instruments (an international first), and in Contemporary Music Performance (with historical keyboards) at the Musik Akademie Basel.

During her graduate studies, she undertook individual research on the harpsichord and organ literature from Renaissance Italy, England and Switzerland, which led her to commence recently a PhD degree at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium and the Leiden University, in the Netherlands. She has also been invited to give several courses and master-classes and to be part of the jury at international competitions.

Her fascination for sound and rhythm also led Catalina to study Iranian percussion with Madjid Khaladj and historical timpani and percussion with Pedro Estevan, Michael Metzler, Philip Tarr and Glen Velez among others. Her desire to explore the sound possibilities of the instruments she plays has brought her close collaborations with composers.

Vicens performs and records regularly as a member of ensembles of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and new music in Europe, USA and South America. She is the artistic director of Servir Antico, with whom she aims to recover the less-known repertoire and intellectual heritage of the humanistic period (13th-16th century). As an orchestra member, she has performed under the direction of well-known conductors such as Otto-Werner Müller, Gottfried von der Goltz, Andrea Marcon, Skip Sempé and Carlos Miguel Prieto. Besides her busy performing career, Catalina holds a position as organist in Switzerland.