Master Class for Plucked Instruments with Hopkinson Smith (Lute)

Master Class for Plucked Instruments (Lute)

Hopkinson Smith

We shall inform you of your new course dates for 2021.

The registration shall not yet be binding.

Target Groups: music students & players of lute, guitar, and other plucked instruments

Languages: English, German, French

Course location: Chesa da Cultura, Via Dimlej 44, CH-7500 St. Moritz

Master Class for Plucked Instruments with Hopkinson Smith (Lute)
Hopkinson Smith is a musician and teacher of international renown. The focus of this seminar will be the interpretation and technique of music for lutes and guitars and the development of a way of listening based on the student’s innate musicality. The class is open to players of all plucked instruments, and listeners are also welcome. A student concert will take place on the final day of the course: (new dates for 2021 later). Hopkinson Smith will be present at Chesa da Cultura throughout the entire week as Artist-in-Residence. The master class will begin (new dates for 2021 later) with a joint dinner for all participants.

Hopkinson Smith, born in New York in 1946, is considered a leading figure in the field of early music and enjoys an international reputation as a lutenist. He studied Musicology in Harvard, graduating with honours in 1972. He then came to Europe, where he studied with Emilio Pujol in Catalonia, a great pedagogue in the 19th-century tradition. He then came to Switzerland to study the lute with Eugen M Dombois at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The triad of musical style, musical realization, and the instrument of Eugen M Dombois continue to influence Hopkinson Smith to this day. In addition to his work with many chamber-music ensembles, he was co-founder of the Ensemble Hesperion XX in 1974; his ten years working with gambist Jordi Savall was to shape his chamber-music experience. Since 1976, Hopkinson Smith has been teaching at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, initially alongside Eugen M Dombois and from 1996 as his successor. From the mid-1980s, he has focused on the solo repertoires for historical plucked instruments. His many award-winning recordings on various plucked instruments cover a wide range of Renaissance and Baroque styles. Among the major arrangements he has made for the lute are his versions of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Violin and the Suites for Violoncello. He has toured throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and in 2007 and 2009, he gave concerts and classes in Palestine under the auspices of the Barenboim-Said Foundation.