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Professor Arthur Haas Wins Early Music America’s Thomas Binkley Award

May 24, 2012

Early Music America, the national service organization for the field of early music, announces the winners of its 2012 awards recognizing outstanding accomplishments in early music. These awards will be presented at the EMA Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the Berkeley Festival on June 9, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. in the Drawing Room of the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA.

Arthur Haas will receive the Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college early music ensemble.

Arthur Haas, harpsichordist, is one of the most sought-after performers and teachers of Baroque music in the U.S. today. Haas is professor of harpsichord and early music at Stony Brook University, where he directs the award winning Stony Brook Baroque Players, and is also on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music and Juilliard’s recently created historical performance program.

When he began teaching at Stony Brook University in the mid 1980s, the music department was known primarily for its performance and scholarship of contemporary music. There was a small Collegium Musicum, but no Baroque ensemble class. Haas started the Baroque Ensemble class in his first years at Stony Brook and has seen it grow from just a handful of students to a vibrant group of dedicated players numbering more than 30 each semester. He started a small early music series of concerts on the campus called Baroque Sundays at Three–featuring students in the class and then some outside artists as well–usually alums or young professional Baroque musicians from the NY area. To this day, that series is one of the only ways to hear fine period instrument performances on Long Island. Through some serious fundraising, he was able to procure a number of period instruments that have literally changed the lives of many students over the years. He is able to put period string, wind, and percussion instruments and bows in the hands of many of the students who enroll in the class, and some of these young musicians have gone on to become professional Baroque musicians. In 2009, the Stony Brook Baroque Players received the first ever Collegium Musicum travel grant sponsored by Early Music America, who featured the group in a fringe concert at the Boston Early Music Festival. The ensemble performed again at the 2011 BEMF—both times to very large and appreciative audiences.

Haas holds a master’s degree in historical musicology from UCLA, where he studied harpsichord with Bess Karp. He also studied with Albert Fuller at The Juilliard School and with Alan Curtis in Berkeley and in Amsterdam. He was awarded the top prize in the Paris International Harpsichord Competition in 1975, and then lived for a number of years in France, performing in many of the major European early music festivals and teaching at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Angoulême. While in Paris, he joined the famed Five Centuries Ensemble, known for its performances and recordings of both early and contemporary music. In 1985, his formal American debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall was highly praised by The New York Times.

He is a member of the Aulos Ensemble, one of America’s premier early music ensembles whose recordings of Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, and Rameau have received critical acclaim in the press. He is also a member of Empire Viols and Aula Harmoniæ. Mr. Haas participated in the first recording of the Bach Goldberg Variation Canons with Alan Curtis, and has also recorded suites for two harpsichords by Gaspard LeRoux with William Christie. His solo CD’s of Pièces de clavecin by Jean-Henry D’Anglebert, Suites de clavecin of Forqueray, music by Henry Purcell and his contemporaries, and suites of Jacquet de la Guerre and François Couperin have been widely praised. Known for his expertise as a continuo player, Mr. Haas has toured with such distinguished early music specialists as Marion Verbruggen, Jaap ter Linden, Julianne Baird, Laurence Dreyfus, Bruce Haynes, and Wieland Kuijken. In 2001, he recorded Bach’s Cantata #199 and songs of Henry Purcell with the soprano Dawn Upshaw.

Annual summer workshop and festival appearances take him to the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, where he has served as artistic director of the Baroque Academy since 2002.

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