Biography


Performer

Recitalist

Mark Kroll has performed on four continents as a harpsichordist and fortepianist, in both solo recital and as a collaborative chamber musician. Highlights include an appearance as the official guest of the city of Barcelona; featured soloist in Germany’s Regensburg Early Music Festival, France’s Festival Ambronay and the Bordeaux Hummel Festival; two concerts for the Czech Republic’s Prague Spring Festival; and recitals at Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation, Rome’s Conservatorio Santa Caecilia and Associazione Musicale Romana, Poland’s Dni Bachowski, and Slovenija’s Radovljica Festival.

In the United States he has performed in every state, and at festivals such as Aston Magna, Tanglewood, Saratoga, Northwest Bach, Newport and Mostly Mozart. The first American harpsichordist to appear in Abu Dhabi and Dubai of the United Arab Emirates, and in Bangkok, Thailand, Kroll’s most recent foreign appearances have been in China, Thailand, Israel, Colombia, Germany, Poland, Hong Kong and Canada.

He has also made numerous radio and TV appearances, including Czech Radio and TV, Radio Nacional Espagna, Radio Yugoslavia, Radio Catalunya, National Public Radio, Westdeutscherrundfunk Köln, Mitteldeutscherrundfunk, Bayerische Rundfunk, France Musique, the B.B.C. and the C.B.C.

Concerto Soloist

Kroll has appeared as concerto soloist with some of the world’s major orchestras, including Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, Utah, and Minnesota, as well as the Belgrade Chamber Orchestra, I Solisti di Zagreb and the Boston Classical and the Pro Arte orchestras.

Recordings

Mark Kroll’s extensive list of recordings includes solo harpsichord works of J.S. Bach, Handel, D. Scarlatti, Duphly and Balbastre; the complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord, and flute and harpsichord of J.S. Bach; violin sonatas of C.P.E. Bach, S. LeDuc and J. C. Bach; Schubert’s three Sonatinas for fortepiano and violin; a world-premiere recording of Mozart’s Haffner and Linz symphonies as transcribed by J. N. Hummel for fortepiano and instruments; and Biber’s Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord. He is currently recording the complete pièces de clavecin of François Couperin for Centaur Records.

The Contemporary Harpsichordist

Mark Kroll has been one of the few harpsichordists to devote a significant part of his career to the contemporary literature for the instrument. He has commissioned and premiered a large number of works, and released several recordings of this repertoire. These include two CDs of contemporary American harpsichord music featuring works by Schuller, Zwilich, Starer, Singleton, Read, Piston, Trimble, Harrison, Antoniou, Child, and Caltabiano; Henri Dutilleux’s Les Citations with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players; and a disc devoted to the harpsichord music of Vittorio Rieti. [For complete information, see Discography]

Scholar

Mr. Kroll has published the books Johann Nepomuk Hummel: A Musician’s Life and World (Scarecrow Press); Ignaz Moscheles and the Changing World of Musical Europe (Boydell & Brewer Press); Playing the Harpsichord Expressively: A Practical and Historical Guide (Scarecrow Press) and The Beethoven Violin Sonatas (co-edited with Lewis Lockwood for the University of Illinois Press). He has chapters on Hummel’s piano method (Historical Musicology, University of Rochester Press); keyboard music (A Performer’s Guide to Seventeenth Century Music, Indiana University Press); French music (Eighteenth-Century Keyboard Music, Schirmer and Routledge); Beethoven symphony arrangements by Hummel and Liszt (Divas); Geminiani (Ut Orpheus); and Charles Avison and the Scarlatti “Sect” (Brepols).

He has written articles on Couperin’s ornamentation for Early Music and German-Jewish musicians for Ad Parnassum), and has also contributed to Music and LettersNotesEarly Music America Magazine, and Chamber Music America. Kroll recently published the revised ”Hummel” entry in the New Grove.

Lecture presentations have been given in scholarly conferences in this country and Europe, including the American Musicological Society, the University of Southampton, the BeethovenHaus in Bonn, and conferences in Utrecht, Lucca and Milan.

Editor

As an editor, Mark Kroll has published for A-R Editions scholarly editions of Hummel’s transcriptions of opera overtures and Mozart symphonies, concerti grossi by Francesco Scarlatti, concerto arrangements of Geminiani’s violin sonatas, op. 1 by Charles Avison, and Carl Ludwig Junker’s Keyboard Concerto in B-flat Major, op. 2. For Bärenreiter he has brought out an edition of Hummel’s Sonata for Piano and Cello, op. 104, and for Ut Orpheus Edizioni, Geminiani’s opus 4 violin sonatas. Kroll is currently book review editor of Early Music America Magazine, editor-in-chief of the Historical Harpsichord Series (Pendragon Press), and editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to the Harpsichord[For complete information, see Publications]

Teacher

A dedicated editor, Mark Kroll has served with distinction on the faculties of the University of California, Santa Cruz; Emerson College; Boston University; and Northeastern University. At Boston University he not only founded and served as chair of the Department of Harpsichord and the Department of Historical Performance, but also instituted groundbreaking courses in the general curriculum, such as a required harpsichord course for all keyboard majors, and a required Baroque chamber music course for all vocalists and instrumentalists.

Equally in demand as a teacher abroad, Mr. Kroll served as Fulbright Professor and Artist-in-Residence in the former Yugoslavia, visiting lecturer at the University of Padua, and visiting professor at the Conservatory of Music in Würzburg, Germany. He has given courses, lectures and master classes at venues such as the Beijing Central Conservatory; the Shanghai Conservatory; the Bangkok Music School, Thailand; the Academies of Music in Warsaw and Krackow, Poland; the School of Music, Ljubljana, Slovenia; the Athens Conservatory, Greece; the Utrecht Early Music Festival; the Jezreel Valley Center for the Arts, Israel; and Hong Kong Baptist University. He is regularly invited to serve on competitions and music panels, being appointed President of the Jury of the Prague International Harpsichord Competition, and serving as a member of the music panel of the Pro Musicis Foundation. One of his many successful students, Mary Farbood, won the first prize at the Prague Competition; another, Marina Minkin, is one of leading harpsichordists in Israel.

Awards

Kroll’s recognition as a scholar has come in the form of a Senior Fulbright Award from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, an NEH Fellowship, a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society, Whiting and Bogliasco Fellowships, a Weimar Stipendium, two grants from the DAAD, and an IREX award.

For his performing activities, Kroll was awarded a Solo Recitalist Grant from the NEA, two grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music for his recordings of contemporary American harpsichord music, and grants from Arts International and the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund.

Mark Kroll mkroll@bu.edu