Once described as “the von Karajan of early music”, Christopher Hogwood is universally acknowledged as one of the most influential exponents of the historically informed early-music movement. He is equally passionate about music of the 19th and 20th centuries: with a particular focus on the neo-classical school (Martinu, Stravinsky, Britten, Copland, Tippett and Honegger), he applies the same rigour and supreme musicianship to all his work, striving to discover and to recreate the composer’s intentions both in notation and performance. “His name is a byword for excellence of playing and quality of supporting scholarship” (BBC Music Magazine).

Christopher Hogwood has worked with most leading symphony orchestras and opera houses in the world. His catalogue of over 200 recordings with the Academy of Ancient Music on Decca, which includes the complete Mozart and Beethoven symphonies, has attracted some of the world’s most prestigious awards.

Christopher Hogwood’s conducting projects are closely connected to his research and editing work. He is in the process of a completing a new edition of Mendelssohn’s orchestral works for Bärenreiter, and this year he also launched his latest project as General Editor of the new Geminiani Opera Omnia (Ut Orpheus, Bologna). He also sits on the board of the C.P.E. Bach Complete Works Edition, and the Martinù Complete Edition.

Highlights among future engagements include Nozze di Figaro at the Opernhaus Zurich, a series of concerts with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn focussing on classical and neo-classical repertoire, and symphonic projects with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Hamburger Symphoniker, Bayerische Staatsorchester Munich, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Frankfurter Museumgesellschaft Orchestra, and the Grafenegg Festival. Early in the 10/11 season, Christopher Hogwood will also embark on an extensive tour of Asia, visiting orchestras in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing, culminating with a concert at the Beijing Music Festival.

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