Antony Cooke, son of renowned cellist, Nelson Cooke, studied in London (artist diplomas from the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music). Gold Medal (London Music Festival), “Young Musicians ’73” Award, England’s youngest principal cellist (1971-74 London Mozart Players), international solo appearances (inc. Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bath Festival, BBC soloist). He is also a noted author of books on astronomy, and a published composer. Since 1984 a leading recording musician in Hollywood (over 1,500 movie scores) and countless television and record productions; numerous solo recordings, performances.
Cooke has been praised for his “sterling abilities, with technical accomplishments ideally counterpoised by a fertile imagination and volcanic temperament” (Fanfare May 1996), and “rich, sonorous toneperformances involving, thoughtful and polished”, (American Record Guide Nov. 2005). His recording of the Solo Sonata by Kodaly was hailed as “the finest recent performance” in Fanfare, Nov. 1998; Stereo Review, Feb. 1998 (now Sound and Vision), called it “vibrant and dedicated”, and American Record Guide, Sept. 1997 commended Cooke as a “solid technician of unusual poise..this CD does indeed demonstrate cello power”, while commentary in American Poems stated it was a "must own" CD. "Impassioned and exhillarating......Antony Cooke survives the challenge brilliantly!": Michale Barone, in his March 25, 2010 review of Cooke's 2009 recording of the Kodaly Solo Sonata, for Minnesota Public Radio Classical Show.
Amongst reviews regarding Cooke’s published astronomical writings, Astronomy Now (May 2004) remarked that Cooke’s ‘Visual Astronomy in the Suburbs’ (2003) is “a must buy for the city astronomer”, while Southern Stars (Vol. 43 (1), March 2004) stated that it “should be considered an essential for today’s amateur who has to endure light pollution." Regarding ‘Visual Astronomy under Dark Skies’ (2005), the Journal of the Auckland Astronomical Society 2005 stated, “highly recommended for visual observers who want to push their eyeball observing to the limit”.