Category Archives: Professors 2007-2014

Patrick Ayrton

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Patrick Ayrton divides his time between performance on a variety of keyboards and his work as a conductor.

He was born in London in 1961 but spent most of his childhood in Switzerland. Patrick studied organ and sacred music at the Vienna Academy where he took lessons with Alfred Mitterhofer and attended masterclasses given by Michael Radulescu. Later, he moved to The Netherlands where followed courses in harpsichord and chamber music under the guidance of Ton Koopman. He was a laureate of the Organ Competitions at Innsbruck in 1983 and Bruges in 1985.

Patrick Ayrton teaches thorough-bass, chamber music and improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. He has been a tutor for the European Union Baroque Orchestra and has given courses in performance at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Gnessin School in Moscow, the Yonsei University of Seoul, the Latvian Academy in Riga and the Summer School of the Salzburg Mozarteum. In 1996, Patrick Ayrton played the title rôle in Anne Cuneo’s documentary film ‘Francis Tregian, Gentleman and Musician’.

His association and collaboration with the Dutch conductor Arie van Beek led him to explore and develop his skills as a music director. In recent years, orchestras of repute have invited him to conduct projects, including the Orchestra of the Auvergne, the Chamber Academy of Potsdam, the Dijon Bourgogne Orchestra, the Pasdeloup Orchestra in Paris and the Chamber Orchestra of Munich. Patrick is also the founder of the Les Inventions, an ensemble which explores uncharted repertoire from the past (such as the works of Joseph Touchemoulin and Thomas Linley Jr.) Les Inventions work in close partnership with acclaimed British vocal ensemble VOCES8. Patrick Ayrton is also known for his pre-concert talks and is a regular lecturer for the APM (Association Progrès du Management) in France.

Skip Sempé

Skip Sempé

Skip Sempé, virtuoso harpsichordist, director and founder of Capriccio Stravagante, is at the forefront of today’s musical personalities in Renaissance and Baroque music. Sempé grew up in New Orleans, studied music, musicology, organology and the history of art in the United States at the Oberlin Conservatory and completed his training in Europe with Gustav LeonhardtContinue Reading

Menno van Delft

Menno van Delft

Menno van Delft was born in Amsterdam in 1963. He studied harpsichord, organ and musicology with Gustav Leonhardt, Bob van Asperen, Piet Kee, Jacques van Oortmerssen and Willem Elders, in 1988 winning the clavichord prize at the C. Ph. E. Bach Competition in Hamburg. He has given concerts and master classes throughout Europe and theContinue Reading

Jacques Ogg

Jacques Ogg

Jacques Ogg is a performer on both harpsichord and fortepiano; he teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague; he conducts and he makes recordings, either solo or with friends and colleagues. He was born in Maastricht (the Netherlands) and studied harpsichord in the city of his birth with Anneke Uittenbosch. In 1970 he went toContinue Reading

Zvi Meniker

Zvi Meniker

Harpsichordist, organist, fortepianist and conductor Zvi Meniker was born in Moscow and raised in Israel. He began advanced musical studies at the age of 15. Meniker received diplomas with distinction from the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Zurich Academy of Music, where he studied with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Johann Sonnleitner, before moving on to the USAContinue Reading

Gustav Leonhardt

Gustav Leonhardt

For almost 50 years, Gustav Leonhardt – harpsichordist, organist, conductor – is counted among the most respected specialists in both the theory and practice of early music. Acclaimed for his numerous recordings of music ranging from keyboard masterpieces of the early Baroque to Mozart’s sonatas, Leonhardt has played a critical role in bringing period-instrument performanceContinue Reading

Ketil Haugsand

Ketil Haugsand

Ketil Haugsand, professor of harpsichord at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, counts as one of the great harpsichordists and Early Music personalities of today – appearing in many prestigious festivals and concert series in Europe, the U.S.A. and Israel, both as recitalist, in chamber music, or as leader and conductor of the Norwegian BaroqueContinue Reading

Pierre Hantaï

Pierre Hantaï

The French harpsichordist, Pierre Hantaï, became passionately attached to the music of Bach around the age of ten. Thanks to the influence of Gustav Leonhardt he began to study the harpsichord, alone at first, then guided by the American teacher Arthur Haas. He gave his first concerts at an early age, alone or with hisContinue Reading

Jesper B. Christensen

Jesper B. Christensen

Jesper Christensen is teaching harpsichord, continuo-playing, ensemble, fortepiano and performance practise since 1988 at the Schola Cantorum, Basel. Internationally renowned as a leading expert in the field of Basso Continuo, he has given innumerable concerts and master classes in most European centres and festivals of Early Music. His pioneering, profound studies as well as hisContinue Reading

Francesco Cera

Francesco Cera

Francesco Cera, after completing his organ and harpsichord studies under Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini and Gustav Leonhardt, he is regarded as one of Italy’s leading early music specialists, earning praise for his extensive stylistic knowledge of different musical expressions. Francesco Cera applies his distinctive interpretative approach not only to historical keyboard instruments, but also to baroqueContinue Reading

Bob van Asperen

Bob van Asperen

Bob van Asperen is Professor of Harpsichord at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He plays since many years recitals world wide and recorded more than 60 Solo CDs. These include first of all works by J.S. Bach: his Harpsichord Concertos, Welltempered-Clavier, Toccatas, Goldberg Variations, Two and Three Part Inventions, English Suites and Van Asperen’s transcriptions ofContinue Reading

Elisabeth Joyé

Elisabeth Joyé

The French harpsichordist and teacher, Elisabeth Joyé, first studied with Huguette Dreyfus in Paris and then with Bob van Asperen in The Hague, with Jos van Immersel in Antwerp and finally in Amsterdam with Gustav Leonhardt, whose approach of the keyboard influenced her own art of touching the instrument very deeply. Elisabeth Joyé performs recitalsContinue Reading

Mitzi Meyerson

Mitzi Meyerson

Mitzi Meyerson is a full professor of historical keyboard instruments (harpsichord and fortepiano) at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. This position was especially created for Madame Wanda Landowska, and this university was the first institution ever to offer harpsichord studies in modern times. She specializes in working with modern pianists to obtain a baroque-styleContinue Reading

Christophe Rousset

Christophe Rousset

During his youth in Aix-en-Provence, Christophe Rousset developed a passion for the Baroque aesthetic. At the age of thirteen he decided not to study archaeology but to satisfy his keen interest in the discovery of the past through music instead, by taking up the harpsichord. That took him to the Schola Cantorum in Paris, whereContinue Reading