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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Robert Levin appointed as inaugural AAM Hogwood fellow

12:00, 13th February 2017

Robert Levin has been appointed as the Academy of Ancient Music’s (AAM) inaugural Hogwood fellow.

Established in honour of Christopher Hogwood, founder of the AAM, the fellowship is designed to further the ensemble’s commitment to providing historical insight and cultural context to the music they perform.

Levin’s tenure as the first Hogwood Fellow, which will last for the remainder of this season and the 2017/18 concert season, will include performances with the orchestra, interviews, talks, articles and programme notes.

The soloist, conductor, scholar and musicologist has maintained a long association with the AAM, with Hogwood and Richard Egarr, the ensemble’s current music director.

Levin is renowned for his restoration of the Classical period practice of improvised embellishments and cadenzas, and is a noted theorist and Mozart scholar, having published a number of articles and essays. He has also written cadenzas for the Mozart violin, flute, oboe and horn concertos, reconstructed the Symphonie Concertante in E flat major for four winds and orchestra, K.297B, and completed the Requiem and Mass in C minor, K. 427.

‘I’m so pleased that Robert Levin will be our very first Hogwood Fellow,’ Egarr said. ‘I’ve worked with him for many years, and what he stands for really represents all that Christopher Hogwood stood for as well.

‘Robert Levin is a most incredible mind, has an encyclopedic knowledge of Mozart and Bach, and total recall over information. But not only that, he has the ability to transform this information into extraordinary live performance.’

Levin will next perform with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican Centre’s ‘Sound Unbound’ weekend (29-30 April 2017).

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