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 groups, ensembles and orchestras.
He has released a number of acclaimed recordings on rare antique instruments as well as copies of historical instruments. He teaches in the Early Music program at McGill University where he conducts the McGill Baroque Orchestra. He has directed a great number of Baroque operas for Opera McGill, including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Monteverdi’s Poppea and Handel’s Agrippina, Giulio Cesare, Alcina and Rinaldo.
Mark Fewer and Hank Knox collaborates regularly together. Their complete recording of the sonatas for violin and harpsichord by J.S. Bach was released on LEAF records in 2017. The Vivaldi Manchester Sonatas were arranged and recorded by Fewer and Knox and were released on LEAF in November 2019. This is the first recording of the works by Canadian artists. An upcoming solo album will be released in the upcoming seasons on LEAF Music.
Programmes and projects
Hailed internationally for his “colorful, kinetic performances,” harpsichord player Hank Knox presents Cabinet of Curiosities - a selection of solo music for harpsichord ranging from Domenico Scarlatti to two of his most famous contemporaries: Jean-Philippe Rameau and Johann Sebastian Bach. This program showcases the flamboyant and virtuosic music of the Italian, French, and German baroque.
Hailed internationally for his “colourful, kinetic performances,” harpsichordist Hank Knox presents an eclectic programme of music for solo harpsichord featuring the dynamism and mystery of Girolamo Frescobaldi, the flamboyant and virtuosic sonatas of Domenic Scarlatti, the musical fireworks of Jean-Philippe Rameau and Jacques Duphly and the sublime harmonies of the great Johann Sebastian Bach.
Mark Fewer and Hank Knox, two well-known personalities in Canada, join forces in Heartstrings. Both versatile musicians, they have performed throughout North America and are known for bringing a unique signature to their performances, offering fresh and exciting interpretations of works from the past. Their complete recording of the sonatas for violin and harpsichord by J.S. Bach was released on LEAF records in 2017. The Vivaldi Manchester Sonatas were arranged and recorded by Fewer and Knox and were released on LEAF in November 2019. This is the first recording of the works by Canadian artists.
“Knox’s harpsichord builds an elegant and large architecture for the arrangements, but his playing is alive, and there are moments when he seems to strike at the keys, elevating the bass and harmonics into a soundscape greater than what you expect from a single instrument. He goes from gentle stream to raging storm with utter control and elegance.”
— Jeremy Thomas Gilmer
“His support is seamless enough to almost take it for granted. … His rich voicings and steady beat audibly spur Fewer’s creativity.”
— Andrew J. Sammut
“One might assume a leading expert on Early Music to be esoteric. Hank Knox shatters this assumption..”
— Carol Xion