Curriculum Vitae

Peter Hagen has performed as a harpsichordist in Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia. He has given recitals and worked as a continuo player with numerous ensembles. While interested mainly in baroque repertoire, his only recordings have been contemporary pieces composed by members of the Melbourne Composers League with Anne Norman (Questing Spirit) on shakuhachi. He is an experienced accompanist having worked with singers in many different fields ranging from folk to opera.

During the 1990’s in The Netherlands he studied harpsichord with Bob van Asperen and Jacques Ogg as well as working in numerous projects and master classes with Ton Koopman, Lars Ulrick-Mortensen and others. He also undertook organ studies with Rienke Jiskoot.

He has an extensive teaching studio where he teaches piano, harpsichord and undertakes group tuition on keyboard. Having taught students of all ages from kindergarten to university levels he also teaches some singing and directs choirs. Choral experience for Peter began with singing in the Melbourne Youth Choir and included a tour of Japan, England and France. Having sung in many of the leading Melbourne church choirs, including being an inaugural member of the Ormond College Chapel Choir and singing in the Canterbury Fellowship, his experience led him to finish two units of a Choral conducting course at ACU Ascot Vale. At Lauriston Girls School as music director of the Junior School, he was responsible for directing the Junior School Choirs and orchestra.

In Amsterdam he worked as the concert organiser of the Engelse Kerk, a 14th century historic church that in Peter’s time hosted as many as 12-13 concerts per month. His duties consisted of liaising with musicians of international repute and the church consistory as well as producing a monthly newsletter to advertise the month ahead in the concert calendar. In Australia he has organised numerous chamber music concerts. In addition he assisted in an Amsterdam musical instrument workshop producing some of the world’s finest harpsichords.

 

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