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Dreyfus, Laurence (viol)
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Laurence Dreyfus (viol)

Laurence Dreyfus, treble viol and director, was born into a family of musicians, and was taught to read music before he could read English. His talents led him to the famed Juilliard School in New York where he studied cello with the legendary American cellist Leonard Rose. Leaving the conservatoire to pursue academic studies in politics and theology, Dreyfus soon found his way back to music by studying for a PhD in musicology at Columbia University where he was supervised by leading Bach scholar, Christoph Wolff. At the same time, he started teaching himself the viola da gamba, and ultimately landed in the class of Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels.

A dual career as musicologist and performer took Dreyfus all over the world to research music history, perform concerts, give lectures and performance classes. As a scholar and lecturer, he held professorships at Yale, Stanford, Chicago, King’s College London, and Oxford University and Magdalen College. In 2002 the British Academy elected him a Fellow for his academic research on Bach and Wagner.

As a performer on the viola da gamba and baroque cello, Dreyfus toured and recorded with leading figures in early music, and for many years gave regular summer masterclasses in Norway, Portugal, and in the US. In 2015 he retired early from Oxford to devote himself more to performance and independent writing. He has been honoured with Emeritus status in both College and University.


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