American harpsichordist and fortepianist Robert Hill, newly appointed Professor of Harpsichord and Eugene D. Eaton, Jr. Chair in Baroque Music at the College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, comes to Colorado from a Professorship for historical keyboards and historical performance practice at the Freiburg University of Music in Freiburg, Germany. He studied harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt at the Sweelink Conservatorium in Amsterdam (Soloist Diploma 1974). In 1987, Robert Hill was awarded the PhD in Music History at Harvard University/ Cambridge, USA for his dissertation on the early keyboard music of J. S. Bach.
From 1986-1990, he was Assistant Professor for Musicology and Performance Practice at Duke University, and he joined the faculty at the Freiburg University of Music in 1990. With a large catalog of recordings on harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord and lute-harpsichord, Robert Hill has established himself as one of his generation’s leading specialists for historical keyboard playing.
His recordings (for Deutsche Grammophon, Hänssler Classics, Naxos, mdg, cpo, Music & Arts, Ars Musici and other companys) have received awards and critical acclaim.
He also maintains a YouTube channel featuring his live performances, with currently over 430 videos and 1.5 million views. As a musicologist, Robert Hill’s central area of focus is late-Romantic performance practice, in particular the analysis of early 20th-century recorded performances.