Bourgie Hall presents

Pierre Hantaï plays J.S. Bach and Handel

Baroque Music

“Bach and Handel: they  wielded the same authority and held an internationally tinged discourse,” as Norbert Dufourcq famously stated. The renowned harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï performs works by both composers on the beautiful Flemish harpsichord of the Bourgie Hall collection. Here are music and sounds of incomparable richness.

Pierre Hantaï was born in 1964 into a family of artists. His first passion was painting which he learnt from his parents. However, it was the encounter with the music of Bach that was to determine his further path. The harpsichord recordings of Gustav Leonhardt played an important role here. Hantaï undertook his initial musical steps at the age of ten. He played a great deal of chamber music with his brothers. He at first taught himself (on a small spinet) the repertoire that interested him, and later took lessons with the American harpsichordist Arthur Haas. Ultimately, he was invited by Gustav Leonhardt to participate in his lessons in Amsterdam for two years. He was still very young when he collaborated with the authoritative personalities of the small world of early music, with the Kuijken brothers, Gustav Leonhardt, Philippe Herreweghe, and Jordi Savall.

In 1983 Hantaï scored his first major triumph through taking first prize at the International Bach-Handel Competition of Bruges in Belgium; since then, Hantaï has collected an impressive number of honors and awards. He became known to a wider audience with his recordings of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, a work that he has since played over a hundred times throughout the world.

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 7:30pm
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