Tom Beghin

Category:muzikant, solist, oude muziek, repertoire
Leuven, 1967
Genre(s):classicisme, barok, oude muziek


The Belgian-Canadian pianist Tom Beghin combines a career as a performer with that of researcher and teacher. His expertise concerns historical performance on 18- and 19-century keyboards. His published work spans various media, from academic essays and books to sound recordings and video productions. He has been the driving force behind several projects to build replicas of historical instruments, mostly in partnership with the Belgian piano builder Chris Maene. Recent work on Beethoven’s 1803 Erard piano has resulted in the double-CD, Beethoven and His French Piano (Evil Penguin Records, 2020), the book Beethoven’s French Piano: A Tale of Ambition and Frustration (University of Chicago Press, 2022), and an edited volume of Keyboard Perspectives (“The Lure of Paris, 1795–1810,” 2021). A replica of Beethoven’s 1817 Broadwood piano was featured on Inside the Hearing Machine, a multi-media project that explores the connection of the composer’s deafness with his late piano music. His book The Virtual Haydn: Paradox of a Twenty-First-Century Keyboardist (University of Chicago Press, 2015) followed his recording of the complete solo Haydn keyboard works (Naxos 2009/2011), which was path-breaking in the domain of virtual acoustics. Alumnus of the HIP-doctoral program at Cornell University, Tom Beghin was professor at UCLA (1997– 2003) and McGill University (2003–18), where he still functions as Adjunct Professor. He was William J. Bouwsma Fellow at the American National Humanities Center (2002–3) and has served on the board of directors of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Instruments. He is on the board of the Haydn Institute in Cologne and member of CIRMMT (Centre of Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, Montreal), as well a Special Guest Professor in the Arts at the University of Leuven. Since 2015, Prof. Beghin has been Senior Researcher and Principal Investigator at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, Belgium. His research cluster, Declassifying the Classics, focuses on the intersections of technology, rhetoric, and performance. 

Selective discography

Haydn Joseph - Sonaten voor pianoforteHaydn Joseph - Sonaten voor pianoforte (1996)
Tom Beghin, Joseph Haydn

Author of

Een ongehoorde Mozart
Een ongehoorde Mozart
Joseph HaydnJoseph Haydn (1998)
Tom Beghin

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

Schubert Franz - WinterreiseSchubert Franz - Winterreise (2014)
Jan Van Elsacker, Franz Schubert, Tom Beghin
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) (2005)
Bartolozzi Trios

Related Items

News:De virtuele Haydn van Tom Beghin (16.11.2009)
Organisations:Orpheus Instituut (muziekhogeschool / universitaire opleiding, muziekorganisaties, lab voor hedendaagse muziek, onderwijs & vorming, informatie, documentatie en promotie, hedendaagse muziek)
Documents:Joseph Haydn (book)