Joshua Rifkin, Fellow of the University Professors and Professor of Music at Boston University

Music Building 132, free Reception to Follow


In Honor of Professor of Musicology Mary S. Lewis, Joshua Rifkin will give a lecture titled "Bach’s Struggle ... and Mine. Reflections on the B Minor Mass." Joshua Rifkin has appeared as conductor and keyboard soloist with many prominent orchestras in the U.S., Europe, Israel, Australia, and Japan, including the English Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Victorian State Symphony, and Israel Camerata Jerusalem, and has led operatic productions at Theater Basel in Switzerland and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich. With the Bach Ensemble, which he founded in 1978, he has recorded the Mass in B minor, the Magnificat, and many cantatas; held an annual summer academy for early music at Brixen/Bressanone, Italy, from 1992 to 1997; and performed in concerts and festivals throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Professor Rifkin has published studies on musical subjects ranging from Busnoys to the Beatles, with special emphasis on J.S. Bach and Josquin des Prez, and given seminars and master classes at numerous institutions of higher learning, including Yale, Princeton, Stanford, New York University, Ohio State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, King’s College London and the universities of Basel, Dortmund, and Munich; his critical edition of Bach’s Mass in B Minor, published by Breitkopf & Härtel, appeared in November 2006. In 1999, the University of Dortmund awarded him an honorary doctorate for his contributions to Bach interpretation.