Tuesday, 15 May 2012, 1:00PM
Museum of London

The Challenge of the Solo

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE, Pavlo Beznosiuk

Pavlo Beznosiuk, one of the world's leading baroque violinists, explains and demonstrates the challenge of music for solo violin; works by Nicola Matteis and Heinrich Biber lead to a discussion and performance of the famous Chaconne from Bach's Solo Partita in D minor. Can such a work be satisfactorily analysed or does "music begin where words leave off"?

This is a part of Professor Hogwood's 2011-12 series of lectures, The Making of a Masterpiece, in which he examines a number of acknowledged masterpieces, but each from a select angle only - their scoring, compactness, virtuosity, accessibility, memorability or other flavour. 

Christopher Hogwood CBE was a world-renowned conductor, keyboard player, musicologist, writer, editor and broadcaster.  As well as being the Gresham Professor of Music between 2010 and 2014, he was the founding director of the Academy of Ancient Music for over thirty years, before holding positions at the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Cambridge and Cornell University.

Born in Nottingham in 1941, Christopher Hogwood studied at the University of Cambridge, before pursuing keyboard studies with Rafael Puyana in Spain and subsequently with Zuzana Ruzickova in Prague and Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. Whilst keyboardist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Hogwood founded the Early Music Consort with David Munrow in 1965 and the Academy of Ancient Music in 1973, institutions set up to promote the performance of baroque and early classical music on period instruments. Director of the AAM until 2006, he produced more than 200 recordings for Decca and revolutionized the way music is performed, recorded and heard. Equally at home in the neo-baroque and neo-classical repertoire, Hogwood regularly conducted leading opera companies and major symphony orchestras around the world. He was awarded the Martinu Medal in Prague in 1999.

A celebrated keyboardist and important collector of historical instruments, Hogwood made numerous solo recordings on harpsichord did much to promote the clavichord. His Secret Handel, part of The Secret Clavichord series of CDs, was awarded a Diapason d'Or in January 2007. Also a noted musicologist, Hogwood edited music from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, including work by John Dowland, Felix Mendelssohn, Edward Elgar and Igor Stravinsky.  He was chairman of the advisory board overseeing the new edition of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works. He also wrote on Handel, Haydn and Mozart and his final major work was Handel: Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. His work on Handel - editing, performance, recording and writing - brought him numerous awards, including the Halle Handel Prize 2008.

Appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1982 and Commander of the British Empire in 1989, Professor Hogwood's final positions were as Honorary Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge, Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University (USA), and Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He holds Fellowships at Jesus and Pembroke Colleges, Cambridge and also as a member of the Senior Common Room at Lowell House, Harvard University. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Cambridge in 2008.

Professor Hogwood was the Gresham College Professor of Music between 2010 and 2014. His series of lectures were: Aspects of Authenticity (2010-11), The Making of a Masterpiece (2011-12), European Capitals of Music (2012-13) and Music in Context (2013-14).
All of his lectures can be accessed here.

Professor Hogwood was unable to deliver all of his lectures in his final series due to illness and it was with great sadness that the College learnt of his passing away in September 2014.

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Pavlo Beznosiuk, renowned for his virtuosity and versatility, has secured his reputation as one of Europe's most respected Baroque violinists over the last 25 years with a busy international career as soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and increasingly as a director. In the mid 80's he was involved in pioneering work in the use of Renaissance violins with The Parley of Instruments and was a founding member of the groundbreaking Medieval ensemble The New London Consort playing Vielles, Rebec and Lira da Braccio. He is a frequent soloist/director with the Academy of Ancient Music and recent recital work has included performances of Biber's complete cycle of Rosary sonatas and concerts combining solo violin music of Bach with that of Berio and Bartók.

As musical director of The Avison Ensemble he has completed an exhaustive recorded survey of the music of Charles Avison and in 2010 released a recording of Handel'sConcerti Grossi Opus 6 (LINN CKD362) which has been received enthusiastically in the music press. Other recordings include Biber's "Rosary" Sonatas, Vivaldi's Op. 12 Violin Concerti with The Academy of Ancient Music and Christopher Hogwood, Vivaldi's Concerti Opus 8 with the Avison Ensemble (released on LINN in 2011, CKD 365) and two recordings of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Monica Huggett and Rachel Podger. Pavlo teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music in London.

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15 May 2012

The Challenge of the Solo
Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Pavlo Beznosiuk

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