Prof. Mark Kroll


Contact Information

[email protected]


Brookline, Massachusetts

Early Music Skills & Interests

Fortepiano, Harpsichord, Organ

Early Music Affiliations

Advocate, Music/Artistic Director, Musicologist, Performer, Writer


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During a career spanning more than five decades, Mark Kroll has performed throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, winning critical praise for his expressive playing and virtuosity. His extensive list of recordings includes works of J.S. Bach, C. P. E. Bach, Handel, D. Scarlatti, Duphly, Balbastre, Schubert, and Biber; three critically acclaimed CDs of contemporary American harpsichord music; a Grammy-nominated recording of Henri Dutilleux’s Les Citations with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players (he served as harpsichordist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 30 years); a recent CD of the harpsichord music of Vittorio Rieti; and the complete pièces de clavecin of F. Couperin.

Kroll has also distinguished himself as a scholar and teacher. He has published important editions of the music of Hummel, Geminiani, F. Scarlatti and Avison, and eight books: Ignaz Moscheles and the Changing Musical World of EuropeJohann Nepomuk Hummel: A Musician and His World (also published in a second English edition, and in Slovakian translation); Bach, Handel and Scarlatti: Reception in Britain, 1750-1850; Playing the Harpsichord Expressively (also translated into French); The Cambridge Companion to the Harpsichord; The Boston School of Harpsichord Making; a facsimile edition of Johann Nepomuk Hummel: A Complete Theoretical and Practical Course of Instructions on the Art of Playing the Piano Forte; and The Beethoven Violin Sonatas.

Kroll has taught and given master classes throughout the world, and is Professor emeritus at Boston University, where he served as founder and chairman of the Department of Historical Performance for 25 years. He has also taught at MIT, the University of California, and Northeastern University. Mark Kroll is a founding member of Early Music America, and in 1981 was one of the three founders of the Boston Early Music Festival.




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