Jacques Ogg

Jacques Ogg is a performer on both harpsichord and fortepiano. He teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (one of the world's foremost institutes for early music), he conducts, and he makes recordings, either solo or with friends and colleagues.

He was born in Maastricht (the Netherlands) and studied harpsichord in the city of his birth with Anneke Uittenbosch. In 1970 he went to study with Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory, from which he graduated in 1974.

Jacques Ogg’s current activities include solo concerts on harpsichord or on fortepiano, and concerts with flautist Wilbert Hazelzet as a duo as well as in a trio-formation with Jaap ter Linden. He is a member of one of the world's leading period-instrument ensembles, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, directed by Frans Brüggen, and has performed regularly with the cornetto and sackbut ensemble Concerto Palatino.

Mr. Ogg also works with the baroque orchestras of Salamanca and Sevilla, Spain, is co-director of the Baroque Instrumental Programme, an intensive summer music course in Vancouver, BC, and is as well artistic director of the Lyra Baroque Orchestra of St. Paul, Minnesota. He is frequently invited for master classes, for instance, in Curitiba (Brazil), Vancouver (Canada), Buenos Aires (Argentina), in Mateus (Portugal), Salamanca (Spain) as well as in Cracow (Poland), Prague, and Budapest. He has served as a juror in competitions such as “Bach Wettbewerb” (Leipzig), “Prague Spring” and "Jurow Competition" (USA).

His discography includes more than 60 recordings for the Philips, Sony, EMI, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and Glossa labels. FonoForum, Germany's largest music magazine, named Ogg's CD of Bach's Goldberg Variations the finest recording of this work presently available.

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