Robert Hill

Robert Hill
I am a harpsichordist & fortepianist, and Professor of Historical Keyboard Instruments, Performance Practice and Chamber Music at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany since 1990. I studied harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory (Soloist Diploma 1974). In 1987 I received a Ph.D. at Harvard University for my dissertation on the early keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. 1986-1990 I was Assistant Professor of Musicology at Duke University. My current research interests include the reconstruction of 19th-century performance practices. Winner of the Erwin Bodky Award (1982), a NEA Solo Recitalist Award (1983), and the Noah Greenberg Award (1988), my more recent solo and chamber music recordings have received the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (2001), the Cannes Classical Award (1999) and the Diapason d’Or (2008). The music of J. S. Bach has a central place in my recorded repertoire. I recorded much solo keyboard music of Bach for Hänssler Classics. My other recordings on harpsichord and fortepiano appear on the Naxos, MDG, cpo, DG-Archiv, Olympia, Ars Musici and Music&Arts labels.


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