Hailed internationally for his “colorful, kinetic performances”, Hank Knox performs on harpsichord in concert halls, churches, museums, galleries and homes around the globe. A founding member of Montreal’s Arion Baroque Orchestra, with whom he has toured North and South America, Europe and Japan, Knox also regularly performs and tours with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, among other ensembles.
Dedicated to sharing the unique sounds of antique harpsichords, as well as fine copies of historical instruments, Knox has released a number of acclaimed recordings on rare instruments, including two collections of Frescobaldi keyboard works on a 1677 Italian harpsichord, and a collection of works by D’Anglebert performed on an upright harpsichord. A recording of Handel opera arias and overtures in transcriptions by William Babell was recorded on three exceptional instruments from the collection at Fenton House in London, and a recording of transcriptions of music by Francesco Geminiani was performed on a 1772 Kirkman harpsichord. A solo recital of works by J.S. Bach, recorded on a copy of an eighteenth-century Flemish instrument, was released to enthusiastic reviews in September, 2013. Hank Knox can also be heard on numerous recordings with Arion and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestras for early-music.com, ATMA, and Analekta labels, as well as on national broadcasts for Radio-Canada and CBC.
Hank Knox teaches harpsichord and continuo in the Early Music program at McGill University in Montreal, where he also conducts the McGill Baroque Orchestra. He has directed a long series of Baroque operas for Opera McGill, including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Lully’s Thésée, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Handel’s Agrippina, Giulio Cesare, Alcina, Semele, Imeneo, Radamisto and, most recently, Rinaldo.