David Ledbetter

David LedbetterDavid Ledbetter studied at Trinity College, Dublin, the Freiburg Musikhochschule, and the University of Oxford, since when he has been lecturer and research fellow at the Royal Northern college of Music, Manchester.

He is an internationally recognised authority on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century keyboard music and performance practice, with a particular interest in how an understanding of context and structure may deepen and enrich performance. He is the author of Continuo Playing According to Handel (Oxford University Press), and editor (with Simon Rowland-Jones) of a new performing edition of Haydn’s string quartets (Peters Edition).

His fascination for Bach’s supreme connoisseurship of styles and musical materials is reflected in two recent books: Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier: The 48 Preludes and Fugues, widely recognised to have set a new benchmark for books on the 48, and Unaccompanied Bach: Performing the Solo Works (both Yale University Press), which has been hailed as ‘the definitive guide’ in The Times Literary Supplement.