Hogwood, Christopher Jarvis Haley

Hogwood, Christopher Jarvis Haley, 1941–2014, British conductor, musicologist, and harpsichordist, b. Nottingham, grad. Cambridge (1964). He was an leader of the early-music movement, which sought to perform 17th- and 18th-century music as it was originally played on historically accurate instruments. He founded (1973) and led (until 2006) the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) in Cambridge. During his years at AAM, he created more than 200 recordings, notably a Messiah (1980) and complete cycle of Mozart symphonies on period instruments. He was also the artistic director (1986–2001) of Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, another a period-instrument ensemble., was a guest conductor with various orchestras, and directed operas at La Scala, the Paris Opéra, Covent Garden, and other houses. Later in his career he added music from the 19th and 20th cent. to his repertoire. He taught at the Royal Academy of Music, Cambridge, King's College London, Harvard, Cornell, and other institutions, and wrote several books including a biography of Handel (1984, rev. ed. 2007).

See T. Donahue, ed., Essays in Honor of Christopher Hogwood (2010).

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