Thomas Forrest Kelly

The New York Philharmonic

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Biography

Thomas Forrest Kelly has been professor of music at Harvard University since 1994 and was chair of the department of music from 1999 to 2005. His research interest is in medieval music, and in the performance practices of past musical eras. He was artistic director of the Castle Hill Festival (Massachusetts), and directed the early-music program at the Five Colleges in and around Amherst, Massachusetts, and the historical performance program at the Oberlin Conservatory. His most recent book is Capturing Music: The Story of Notation (Norton, 2014). His book The Beneventan Chant (Cambridge University Press) was awarded the Otto Kinkeldey award of the American Musicological Society for 1989, and has been translated into Korean and Chinese. He is also the author of, among other books and articles, First Nights: Five Musical Premieres (Yale, 2000, named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year); First Nights at the Opera (Yale, 2004); and Early Music: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2011, which was translated into German and Hungarian). He is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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