The Norwegian harpsichord player Ketil Haugsand is a central character in the European Early music scene
Ketil Haugsand, professor of harpsichord at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, is regarded as one of the great harpsichordists and Early Music personalities of today. The Norwegian born musician studied with Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he was awarded the coveted Prix d'Excellence in 1975. Later we was a prize-winner at international harpsichord competitions in Paris and Bruges. He has appeared in many prestigeous festivals in Europe, the United States, and Israel, both as recitalist, chamber musician and as a conductor of the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra and the Arte Real Ensemble. His recordings on CD with works by Bach, Rameau, Marchand, Seixas, Sousa Carvalho et al. for Simax Classics, Virgin and Linn have won significant international accalaim.
Haugsand is a jury member at international harpsichord competitions in Warsaw, Leipzig, Hamburg and Prague, and gives summer courses regularly in Norway and Portugal.