Born of Russian Jewish ancestry in New York, Joshua Rifkin (1944-) practiced a multi-faceted musical career including pianist, harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist, and occasional composer. He made his mark in all of these areas, perhaps most notably in the realm of early music performance, where his ideas and practices would often put him at odds with his peers.
Article from the Ha'aretz English Edition showing his disagreements with many who are considered experts in early music performance, including Harnoncourt, Leonhardt, and John Eliot Gardiner.
Biography from Bach-Cantatas.com by Aryeh Oron tracing his musical development and changes, listing major works and performances, and linking to some of the groups with which he has performed or conducted.
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