Christopher Hogwood has worked with most leading symphony orchestras and opera houses in the world. Once described as “the von Karajan of early music”, he 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 Early Romantics and the neo-classical school (Martinů, 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).
Recent conducting engagements have included a series of concerts with the Beethovenorchester Bonn, focusing on classical and neo-classical programmes and symphonic projects with the Bayerische Staatsorchester Munich, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Frankfurter Museumsorchester, Warsaw Philharmonic, RAI Turing and the NHK Symphony. He also made appearances at the Salzburg, Grafenegg and Prague Spring Festivals. In the 2012-13 season, he continues his relationship with the Poznan Philharmonic in his role as Principal Guest Conductor and conducts a revival of ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ at the Opernhaus Zurich and ‘Don Giovanni’ at the Regio Teatro Turin.
Future highlights include engagements with the Hamburger Philharmoniker, Teatro San Carlo Naples, Munich Rundfunkorchester, NDR Hannover and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Christopher will also make a welcome return to the Boston Handel and Haydn Society as part of their centenary celebrations.
Christopher Hogwood’s conducting work is closely linked to his ongoing research and editing work. For the last 10 years, in partnership with Bärenreiter, he has pioneered the concept of ‘process editions’ as an alternative to ‘Urtext', showing the formative process of familiar works, including the Mendelssohn overtures and symphonies, Brahms’ chamber music and Corelli’s violin sonatas. He also sits on the board of the Martinů Complete Edition and the C.P.E. Bach Complete Works Edition. In 2010 he launched his latest project as General Editor of the new Geminiani Opera Omnia for Ut Orpheus Edizioni in Bologna.
Christopher Hogwood’s discography, which includes the complete Mozart and Beethoven symphonies, boasts over 200 recordings with the Academy of Ancient Music on Decca, many of which have attracted some of the world’s most prestigious awards. He is also the recipient of numerous honours and awards including ‘Artist of the Year 2010’ from the Beijing Music Festival, and the ‘Handel Prize’ 2008 from the City of Halle.