Monica Huggett

Monica Huggett, baroque violin

Monica Huggett is the artistic director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the first artistic director of the Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program, New York.

She previously co-founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with Ton Koopman; founded her own London-based ensemble Sonnerie; worked with Christopher
Hogwood at the Academy of Ancient Music; with Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert; and toured the United States in concert with James Galway.

She has served as guest director of the Seville Baroque Orchestra; the Kristiansand Symphony Norway; Arion Baroque Orchestra, Montreal; Tafelmusik, Toronto; the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Philharmonia Baroque, San Francisco; the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra; and Concerto Copenhagen.

Monica has made numerous recordings for EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Philips Virgin, Erato, and Decca. Among her extensive prizes are the 1997 Editor’s Choice award, Gramophone magazine, for J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin; the Vantaa Baroque Energy Prize (Finland), 2005; and Gramophone’s Best Instrumental Recording Award, for Heinrich Biber’s Violin Sonatas, 2002. Her recording with Sonnerie, entitled “Music for a Young Prince” ( early versions of the J.S. Bach Four Orchestral Suites), won a Diapason d’Or in June 2009 and was nominated for a Grammy award in the same year.

Monica continues to perform frequently as a solo violinist all over the world, and her expertise in the musical and social history of the Baroque Era is unparalleled among performing musicians. This huge body of knowledge and understanding, coupled with her unique interpretation of Baroque music, has made her an invaluable resource to students of the baroque violin.

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