Peter Hagen

harpsichordDutch born Peter Hagen majored in pianoforte and harpsichord at Melbourne University, and later studied with Bob Van Apseren, Jacques Ogg, and Ton Koopman in The Netherlands. As well as playing in ensembles such as Il Teatro Musicale and the  Flevolandskamerorkest he has given solo recitals in Switzerland, England, Germany, Canada and The Netherlands. InAustralia he has performed in many of the capital cities and in such festivals as the Melbourne Early Music Festival, The Brisbane Early Music Festival and the Melbourne Autumn Festival. He has directed numerous chamber music ensembles including Barok Blaser. He has participated in numerous recitals with musicians such as the baroque violinist Lucinda Moon, the oboist Andrew Angus, clarinetist Craig Hill and others.

In 1998 he performed a series of solo concerts that covered all of the major schools and composers of harpsichord music. In 1999 he toured The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland performing in solo recitals as well as performing with other musicians. His duo Questing Spirit toured regional Victoria funded by Arts Victoria in 2001.The ensemble HoboyHoboy is of recent formation and comprises two oboes and harpsichord with a focus on double reeds, but also uses other instruments as needed.

His educational work in the field of music has seen him build up a considerably large teaching practice as well as developing innovations in group teaching methods with the implementation of original teaching material. In between his busy schedule he pursues composition, having begun works for shakuhachi and harpsichord as well as other combinations.

In 2004 he will be concentrating on preparing for a tour of the USA and recording the final sections of Dindy Vaughan’s works centred on the theme of water. This will prelude the United Nations decade for the awareness of water beginning in 2005 for which multimedia collaborations with artists in other disciplines are planned.

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