Hopkinson Smith, lut
Tirsdag d. 6. august kl. 20
Born in New York in 1946, Hopkinson Smith graduated from Harvard with Honors in Music in 1972. The next year he came to Europe to study with Emilio Pujol in Catalonia and Eugen
Dombois in Switzerland. He then became involved in numerous chamber music projects including the founding of the ensemble Hespèrion XX.
Since the mid-80’s, he has focused almost exclusively on the solo repertoires for early plucked instruments producing a series of prize-winning recordings for Naïve.
These feature Spanish music for vihuela and baroque guitar, French lute music of the
Renaissance and baroque, early 17th century Italian music and the German high baroque.
The recording of his lute arrangements of the Bach solo violin Sonatas and Partitas, released in the
year 2000, has been universally acclaimed by the press. Gramophone magazine called it “the best
recording of these works on any instrument”.
A CD with the first three Bach ‘cello Suites played on the German Theorbo was released in early 2013, has also won a Diapason d’Or and was called ”totally riveting” in the BBC Music Magazine. His latest recording, “Mad Dog,” is devoted to highlights of the Golden Age of English lute music. It has also won a Diapason d’Or and has been called “mesmerizing” by the BBC.
Hopkinson Smith has performed and given master classes throughout eastern and western Europe,
North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan sometimes combining the life-style of a hermit with that of a gypsy. In 2007 and 2009, he gave concerts and workshops in Palestine under the auspices of the Barenboim-Said Foundation and the Swiss Arts Council.
He teaches at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
“Hopkinson Smith is without doubt the finest lute player in the world today…”
(San Francisco Chronicle)
“The lutenist Hopkinson Smith is one of the most spectacular instrumentalists of the present
time.” (Der Standard, Vienna).
“Hopkinson Smith is the supreme ‘poet’ of the lute.” Gramophone, London
“…a major artist of our time” (Répertoire, Paris)
“Impeccable technique…serenely expressive…a world class performance-“