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Christopher Hogwood

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Christopher Jarvis Haley Hogwood CBE, MA (Cantab), HonMusD (Cantab) (born 10 September 1941, Nottingham) is an English conductor, harpsichordist, writer and scholar of music.

Hogwood 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 Leonhardt. A British Council scholarship enabled him to study in Prague for a year.

In 1967, Hogwood founded the Early Music Consort with David Munrow, and in 1973 he founded the Academy of Ancient Music, specializing 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.

Since 1981, Hogwood has conducted regularly in the United States. He served as Artistic Director of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society from 1986 to 2001, and he has since held the title of Conductor Laureate. From 1983 to 1985 Hogwood was the artistic director of the Mostly Mozart Festival in the Barbican Centre in London. From 1988 to 1992, he was the musical director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota.

Hogwood has conducted much opera. He made his operatic debut in 1983, conducting Don Giovanni in St. Louis, Missouri.

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