© Tamar Hestrin Grader

© Tamar Hestrin Grader


Jesper Christensen

Jesper Christensen teaches fortepiano and performance practice at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. From 1988 until 2016, he was professor of harpsichord, continuo-playing, ensemble, fortepiano and performance practice at the Schola Cantorum, Basel. During the same years, he also taught as guest professor in Geneva (Centre de Musique Ancienne), in Lyon (Conservatoire Superieur de Musique), in Graz (Kunstuniversität), and in Potenza (Università di Basilicata). Earlier, from 1972 until 1985, he was a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in his native city Copenhagen.

     Internationally renowned as a leading expert in the field of basso continuo, he has given innumerable concerts and master classes in most European centres and festivals of early music. His pioneering and profound studies as well as his passionate artistic realisation thereof have been decisive for the reawakening of the art of continuo playing. Extensive studies of the interpretation of Romantic music based on the earliest historical recordings have for many years been fundamental to his work.

His recordings of music by A. Corelli, G. Muffat, F. Geminiani, F. Bonporti, J. Mattheson (often in collaboration with Chiara Banchini, Gaetano Nasillo, and others) won international acclaim and awards: Record of the Year (Gramophone), Diapason d’Or, fffff (Telerama), German Music Critic’s Award, etc.

     He has been on the juries of numerous competitions, including the Bruges International Harpsichord Competition (1989-2001), as well as the Telemann Competition in Magdeburg, the Paola Bernardi Harpsichord Competition in Bologna, the Bonporti Chamber Music Competition in Rovereto, etc. 

     In 1990, Jesper Christensen published a method of thorough-bass playing called “Die Grundlagen des Generalbaßspiels”. This  has since been translated into French, English, Italian, Czech, Russian, and other languages.