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Laurence Dreyfus (viol)
Laurence Dreyfus, treble viol and director, was born in Boston, Massachusetts (US). After cello studies with Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School in New York, he turned to the viol, studying with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatoire at Brussels, which awarded him its Diplome supérieur with highest distinction. As a bass viol player, he has recorded CDs of Bach’s viola da gamba sonatas, Marais’s Pièces de violes and Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin en concert (all on Simax), and collaborated with Silvia McNair in a Grammy-winning album of Purcell songs (on Philips). As a musicologist, he has published Bach’s Continuo Group and Bach and the Patterns of Invention (Harvard, 1987 and 1996); the latter won the Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society for the best book of the year. Dreyfus taught at Yale, the University of Chicago, Stanford, and the Royal Academy of Music before becoming Thurston Dart Professor in 1995 at King’s College London. In 2002 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, and in 2005 took up a University Lectureship at the University of Oxford in conjunction with a Tutorial Fellowship in Magdalen College. He received the title of Professor at Oxford in 2006. His latest book, Wagner and the Erotic Impulse, was published by Harvard University Press in October 2010.