Robert Mealy, a leading US baroque violinist, has been appointed as the director of historical performance at The Juilliard School, New York. Mealy has been part of the programme’s faculty since its establishment in 2008. Mealy will begin his new position as historical performance director in September for the 2012-13 season.

Julliard School’s president  Joseph  W.  Polisi said of Mealy’s new role:  ‘It is with great enthusiasm that we announce Robert Mealy’s new position as director of Juilliard’s historical performance programme. Robert’s artistry and vision have been present since its inception, and I am very pleased that he will now have increased involvement in shaping thefuture direction of this important artistic and educational initiative.’

Mealy studied at the Royal College of Music in London, where he took interest in the baroque violin and harpsichord. He has recorded over 50 early music discs and has been the concertmaster for Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra for eight years.

Mealy also has a strong presence in early music education, having taught students from prestigious US universities such as Columbia and Brown. In 2004, he received an award from Early Music America for outstanding teaching for his work at Harvard and Yale.

While the early music programme at Julliard has only been established over the last four years, it has attracted many key figures from the industry such as Nicholas McGegan, Dame Emma Kirkby and Masaaki Suzuki, all of which have been recent guests, and Jordi Savall, who holds an annual residency to the university as a visiting artist. The two-year course focuses on music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The historical performance program at Julliard has also created a new position for British violinist Monica Huggett, who has been the course’s artistic director since 2008. Huggett studied at the Royal Academy of Ancient Music, co-founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and was the founding member of British ensemble Sonnerie. She will take up the role of artist-in-residence and artistic advisor for this coming season.

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