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Glen Wilson

Glen Wilson

Glen Wilson is an American harpsichordist and conductor who has performed in over 30 countries and has received extensive radio play.



Glen Wilson was born in 1952 in the USA. After studies at the Juilliard School with Albert Fuller, he moved to the Netherlands, where he studied with Gustav Leonhardt from 1971 to 1975. Shortly before taking his Soloist's Diploma he was engaged as harpsichordist of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, resigning in 1982 in order to devote himself to a growing career as a soloist, in chamber music, and as a teacher at the Utrecht Conservatory and in international master classes. In 1988 he accepted a professorship at Germany's oldest conservatory, the Musikhochschule Würzburg, and moved to Bavaria.

On harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord and organ Glen Wilson has performed in over 30 countries. In 1980 he became the only person in the history of the Bruges International Competition to sweep all three categories. As duo-partner he has performed with Gustav Leonhardt, Emma Kirkby, René Jacobs, Alice Harnoncourt, Max van Egmond, Wieland Kuyken, Michael Chance, and in recent years with the Dutch gamba virtuoso Mieneke van der Velden, with whom he made two much-admired CDs for Channel Classics, and with violinist François Fernandez. He was a member of Quadro Hotteterre and founder of the Amsterdam Fortepiano Trio with Lucy van Dael and Wouter Möller.

For Netherlands World Radio Wilson produced ‘Excursions in Early Music', 65 programs broadcast in America, Canada, and Australia. He was continuo-player in large-scale recording projects with the Leonhardt Consort, Concentus Musicus Wien, La Petite Bande, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and was harpsichordist of choice with the Netherlands Opera for 20 years, where he was Nicholas Harnoncourt's assistant in the cycle of Mozart / da Ponte operas, later recorded for Teldec.