Hopkinson Smith

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Hopkinson Smith (born December 7, 1946) is an American lutenist and pedagogue, longtime resident in Basel, Switzerland.

Smith was born in New York City, the son of architectural writer and photographer G. E. Kidder Smith. He graduated from Harvard University with Honors in Music (Thesis on "The Pavans of Daniel Bacheler"). He moved to Europe in 1973 to study lute and vihuela with the renowned Spanish classical guitarist Emilio Pujol, as well as Eugen Mueller-Dombois.

In the mid-1970s, Hopkinson Smith was involved in the founding of the ensemble Hespèrion XX, which led to his ten-year collaboration with Jordi Savall.

Since the mid 1980s, Hopkinson Smith has focused principally on solo music for early plucked instruments. These include the vihuela, Renaissance lute, theorbo, Renaissance and Baroque guitars and the baroque lute.

His 2000 recording of the J.S. Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin adapted for baroque lute has been called 'arguably the best you can buy of these works – on any instrument' by Gramophone magazine.

Hopkinson Smith gives concerts and master classes throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North and South America. He currently lives in Basel, Switzerland, where he teaches at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Pièces de viole du Second Livre (1701) Marin Marais; Jordi Savall, Anne Gallet, Hopkinson Smith 2
1977 Pieces de luth en manuscrits François Dufaut; Hopkinson Smith 1
1979 Charles Mouton-Pieces de Luth sur differts modes Hopkinson Smith 1
1987 Pièces de viole du cinquième livre (1725) Marin Marais; Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Hopkinson Smith 1
1989 Pièces de luth Hopkinson Smith 1
1989 El Maestro 1536, Volume 1 Luys Milan; Hopkinson Smith 1
1990 Le Nuove Musiche Giulio Caccini; Montserrat Figueras, Hopkinson Smith, Robert Clancy, Jordi Savall, Xenia Schindler, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis 2
1997 String Quintets, op. 29 Boccherini; Bylsma, Kuijken, van Dael, Stuurop, Smith 1
2000 Sonatas & Partitas Johann Sebastian Bach; Hopkinson Smith 2
2002 El Maestro, 1536, Volume 2 Luys Milan; Montserrat Figueras, Hopkinson Smith 1
2005 Dowland: A Dream John Dowland;Hopkinson Smith 1
2007 Album Hopkinson Smith 1
2008 Il Divino Francesco da Milano; Hopkinson Smith 1
2012 Suites Nos. 4, 5, 6 Bach; Hopkinson Smith 1
2013 Suites Nos. 1, 2, 3 Bach; Hopkinson Smith 1
2013 Pièces de luth Vieux Gaultier; Hopkinson Smith 1
Pièces de viole du troisième livre 1711 Marin Marais; Jordi Savall, Ton Koopmann, Hopkinson Smith 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 L'œuvre de Luth Bach; Hopkinson Smith 2

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Alonso Mudarra - Tres Libros De Música En Cifras Para Vihuela Hopkinson Smith 1
Francisco Guerau - Poema Harmonico Hopkinson Smith 1
Sylvius Leopold Weiss - Partitas pour Luth Hopkinson Smith 1

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