Coby Lankester

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Coby Lankester (18 February 1918, Amsterdam – 18 October 2002) was a Dutch composer and pianist.

Lankester had a great improvisation talent and she was asked during her studies to accompany ballet lessons. She had an affinity for ballet and developed her own style for the accompaniment of dance theater. This led to assignments for ballet music, first in 1934 by dancer Els Keezer. In 1944, she became acquainted with Hans Snoek, the dancer, dance teacher and founder of the Rotterdam dance company Scapino Ballet. An intensive artistic cooperation flourished until 1970.

In 1949 she became a permanent assistant at the Academy of Physical Education (ALO) in Amsterdam; in 1956 she was appointed a "Music and Movement" teacher at the ALO. She filled this position until 1982 when she retired.

As a composer she wrote mainly for her instrument, the piano. On the advice of conductor Anton Kersjes and the music publisher Jan Molenaar she edited some of her ballet works to complete piano pieces. In 1992 she received the International Golden Rose Award.

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