Christopher Hogwood

Biography

Christopher Hogwood

Conductor, harpsichordist and musicologist, Christopher Hogwood has worked with most leading symphony orchestras and opera houses in the world.

Life and Music

  • Christopher Hogwood was born in Nottingham in 1941. He studied music and classical literature at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He went on to study performance and conducting under Raymond Leppard and Thurston Dart; and later with Rafael Puyana and Gustav Leonhard.
  • In 1967, Hogwood founded the Early Music Consort with David Munrow, and in 1973 he founded the Academy of Ancient Music, specialising in performances of Baroque and early Classical music with period instruments. The Early Music Consort was disbanded following Munrow's death in 1976, but Hogwood continued to perform and record with the Academy of Ancient Music.
  • Christopher Hogwood’s reputation as a one of the world’s most eloquent advocates of period performance was recently acknowledged in Asia where he received the Beijing Music Festival’s 2010 'Artist of the Year' award for his contribution to Baroque music, following a highly successful tour conducting orchestras in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing.

Did you know?
Hogwood is also known for his extensive editing work which includes music by composers such as John Dowland and Felix Mendelssohn.

Bach Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major

Music

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