Mark Kroll has been acclaimed as one of the world's leading harpsichordists and fortepianists. During a career spanning more than forty years, he has performed on four continents, winning critical praise for his expressive playing and virtuosity. He has appeared with noted soloists and ensembles, played under the batons of conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, James Levine, Kurt Masur and Charles Dutoit, and has served as harpsichordist for the Boston Symphony since 1979.
A noted authority on performance practice and period instruments, Mark Kroll has written on a wide range of subjects, including French harpsichord music, 17th-century keyboards, historical performance practice, contemporary music, the art of transcription, the music of Avison, Couperin, Geminiani, Beethoven, Hummel, Moscheles and Liszt, and music for film. He is currently the book review editor for Early Music America and editor-in-chief of the Historical Harpsichord Series of Pendragon Press.
A sought-after teacher and lecturer, Mr. Kroll has been invited to give master classes and lectures and serve as artist-in-residence throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He is currently Professor emeritus at Boston University, where he served for 25 years as founder and chair of the Department of Historical Performance, and has been appointed Visiting Professor at universities in this country and abroad.
The Contemporary Harpsichordist
Mark Kroll is also a passionate advocate of contemporary harpsichord music. He has premiered and commissioned many new works for the instrument, and has performed much of the harpsichord repertoire written in the 20th and 21st centuries. His two recordings of American harpsichord music, both funded by grants from the Aaron Copland Fund, have earned high praise from listeners, the press and the composers themselves.
Concert Presenter and Administrator
Kroll was one of the three founders of the Boston Early Music Festival in 1981, and also its first program chairman. For many decades Kroll served as Director of the Boston University Early Music Series, which presented over 200 concerts performed by faculty and distinguished guest artists. He was also Director of the St. Anselm's Chamber Music Festival and the Boston University Summer Concert Series.
Conductor and Artistic Director of Opera New England
Mark Kroll has been guest conductor for ensembles and orchestras throughout the United States, and has served as Artistic Director and Conductor of Opera New England.
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