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Mark Kroll’s concert tours have included appearances as the official guest of the city of Barcelona, as featured soloist in Germany’s Regensburg Early Music Festival, France’s Festival Ambronay, twice for the Czech Republic’s Prague Spring Festival, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation, Rome’s Conservatorio Santa Caecilia and Associazione Musicale Romana, Poland’s Dni Bachowski, Slovenijas’ Radovljica Festival and, in this country, the Aston Magna, Tanglewood, Saratoga, Northwest Bach, and Mostly Mozart Festivals. He has been the first American harpsichordist to appear in numerous countries, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai of the United Arab Emirates and Bangkok, Thailand. His recent tours include concerts, lectures and masterclasses in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Katowice, Bordeaux, Heidelberg, Hong Kong, Montreal and Southampton. Kroll has appeared as concerto soloist with some of the world’s major orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra,  Utah Symphony,  Belgrade Chamber Orchestra and I Solisti di Zagreb.

Kroll’s extensive list of recordings includes solo harpsichord works of J.S. Bach, Handel, D. Scarlatti, F. Couperin, Duphly and Balbastre; the complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord and for 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; Biber’s Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord; two CDs of contemporary American harpsichord music; Henri Dutilleux’s Les Citations with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players; and a disc devoted to the harpsichord music of Vittorio Rieti. He has 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., the C.B.C., and Radio Smithsonian.

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). For A-R Editions he has made editions of Hummel’s transcriptions of opera overtures and Mozart symphonies; concerti grossi by Francesco Scarlatti; and concerto arrangements of Geminiani’s violin sonatas, op. 1 by Charles Avison. For  Bärenreiter, he has recently published an edition of Hummel’s Sonata for Piano and Cello, op. 104.

Kroll has written a chapter on Hummel’s piano method (University of Rochester Press), the chapter on keyboard music for A Performer’s Guide to Seventeenth Century Music (Indiana University Press), and articles for Music and Letters, Notes, Early Music America Magazine, Chamber Music America and Ad Parnassum. He has presented lectures in scholarly conferences in this country and Europe, including the American Musicological Society, the University of Southampton, the BeethovenHaus in Bonn, Germany, and conferences in Lucca and Milan, Italy. He has also served as the music critic for WBUR-FM/Boston, and 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. Kroll is currently preparing an edition of Geminiani’s opus 4 violin sonatas and concerti for the opera omnia of the composer’s works published by Ut Orpheus Edizioni.

Mark Kroll has received an impressive number of awards and honors. These include a Senior Fulbright Award from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a Solo Recitalist Grant from the NEA, an NEH Fellowship, a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society, Whiting and Bogliasco Fellowships, a Weimar Stipendium, two grants from the DAAD, two grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and grants from IREX, Arts International and the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund. A dedicated educator, in 1989 Mr. Kroll served as Fulbright Professor and Artist-in-Residence in Yugoslavia, and later returned for recitals in Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrade and Zadar. In 1991 he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Padua, Italy and in 1993 he served as Professor at the Conservatory of Music in Würzburg, Germany. He has conducted numerous master classes, including courses at the Academies of Music in Warsaw and Krackow, Poland; the School of Music of Ljubljana, Slovenia; the Athens Conservatory in Greece; and Hong Kong Baptist University. He recently served as President of the jury of the Prague International Harpsichord Competition, and is a member of the music panel of the Pro Musicis Foundation.

Mark Kroll mkroll@bu.edu