Alexander Bauhart is an accomplished and admired harpsichordist and organist born in Montréal, Québec, who was established in New England since 1993. He performs regularly as a soloist, chamber music director and continuo player in the United States, Canada and Europe.
While a young student pursuing secondary and CÉGEP degrees, Mr. Bauhart was already a respected organist at Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Co-cathedral in Longueuil. Before embarking on advanced studies he traveled extensively, and in 1980 he was both singer and dancer in the renowned national ensemble Mazowsze in Poland. Thus began his lifelong love and pursuit of folk dance and ethnomusicology. He was founder and director of the famed Ensemble folklorique Les Fouls du Roy, which he brouht on tour in Germany and in New Brunswick. While attending summer classes in Vienna in 1981 he was offered the role of Papageno in a student production of Die Zauberflöte by Mozart at the Mozarteum Sommerschule in Salzburg. He studied harpsichord and choir conducting in Vienna at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst.
In Montréal, his early teachers included Geneviève Soly, Mireille Lagacé, and the world renowned organist Bernard Lagacé. After receiving formation in choral conducting under Christopher Jackson at Concordia University, he founded the Montréal based professional madrigal ensemble I Madrigali.
Mr. Bauhart was granted a merit scholarship from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with John Gibbons. He subsequently attended Yale University School of Music, where he was the pupil of Professor Richard Rephann. Working at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments as Curatorial Assistant allowed him to pursue research in the field of harpsichord history and restoration, as well as acquiring an advanced expertise of tunings and temperaments for early instruments.
While Minister of Music, Organist and Choirmaster at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Bristol, Rhode Island from 2000 - 2008, he founded and served as artistic director of
Music at St. Michael’s Concert Series, a regionally acclaimed music series. He also founded and directed Ensemble Monte Speranza, a baroque ensemble utilizing historically informed performance practice on historical instruments.
Mr Bauhart has performed with noted international musicians including the gambist Joëlle Morton, and the world renowned violinist Jean Lamon, director of TafelMusik. He recently had the honor of assisting Christopher Hogwood with transcriptions of Charles Burney’s notes on German Music.
Besides research in ethnomusicology, past and present, Mr. Bauhart is currently working on the publication of his Yale thesis on the Twelve Polonaises of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, an article on the state of the harpsichord in the new millennium, and the publication of the complete works of Johannes Trier and Johann Kitsch, both pupils of J. S. Bach.
On other aspects of his prodigious musical life, Mr. Bauhart has been a bagpiper (Scottish Highland Bagpipes) since 2010. He now is a proud permanent member of the historical and most acclaimed Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band, in East Greewich, Rhode Island.
Awards and recognition Mr. Bauhart has received include:
- Woods Chandler Memorial Award for an Outstanding Organist (Connecticut, 1998)
- FCAR Scholarship for Excellence in Research (Government of Québec, 1997-1999)
- Medal of Achievement for his contribution to the propagation of the Polish Popular Arts (Minister of Culture of Poland, 1981 )
Mr. Bauhart holds following advanced degrees in musicology and performance studies:
- Master of Musical Arts in Harpsichord & Musicology
(1999, Yale University School of Music)
- Master of Music in Historical Performance, with academic honors
(1995, New England Conservatory of Music in Boston)
- Diploma in Advanced Music Performance Studies, organ and harpsichord
(1991, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada)