Anthony Halstead

Biography

Born: June 18, 1945; Manchester, England  
Anthony Halstead began his career as a horn player who held first-chair posts in some of the more prominent English orchestras. A sort of offshoot career soon emerged in period-instrument performance when he developed a sensational technique on hand horns of the Baroque and Classical eras. In the mid-'70s Halstead took up conducting and in that role etched out a major career in his association with the Hanover Band, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Read more and Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra. As conductor or director (he has often directed orchestras from the keyboard in concert and on recordings) he has led many acclaimed concerts throughout the world and made more than 50 recordings for a variety of labels, including CPO, Musica Sveciae, Naxos, EMI, and Nimbus.

Halstead was born on June 18, 1945, in Manchester, England. He studied music at Chetham's School in Manchester, and later at the Royal Manchester School of Music. His chosen instrument initially was the piano, though he also studied horn and organ, as well as composition. He eventually turned his focus to the horn, but without abandoning his keyboard activities -- he later studied the harpsichord with George Malcolm. He also took lessons in conducting with Charles Mackerras.

Halstead was appointed principal horn player for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1966, and soon advanced to other more prestigious first-chair posts, including in the London Symphony Orchestra. After further study on the horn in the early '70s with Horace Fitzpatrick, he developed greater interest in hand horns and soon landed principal horn posts in several period-instrument ensembles, including the English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, the Hanover Band, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

In 1976 Halstead debuted as conductor leading the premiere of a modern work, Elisabeth Lutyens' One and the Same. Soon he began regularly conducting several important period ensembles, most particularly the Hanover Band. In the latter twentieth and early years of the twenty first centuries, Halstead, while remaining active as a horn player, steadily developed his career as one of the foremost English conductors of period-instrument music.

In 1995 Halstead launched a most ambitious project with the Hanover Band, the complete orchestral works of J.C. Bach, which would include the harpsichord and fortepiano concertos, with Halstead directing from the keyboard. He finished this 22-CD set for CPO in the early 2000s, with the last release issued in 2006. Read less
J.c. Bach: Complete Keyboard Concertos / Halstead, Hanover
Release Date: 01/21/2003   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 999930   Number of Discs: 6
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  • 1.
    The Florilegium Series - Classical & Early Romantic
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 002386502 Release Date: 10/15/2015   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Hacker,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Emma Kirkby,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Simon Preston,  Alan Hacker,  Arnold Östman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  The Music Party,  Oxford New College Choir  ... 
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  • 2.
    J. C. Bach: 3 Quintets, Sextet / Pinnock, English Concert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 423385 Release Date: 12/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  David Reichenberg,  Trevor Pinnock,  Simon Standage,  Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert members
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    Handel: Complete Orchestral Recordings / Pinnock
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001923802 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Michael Laird,  David Reichenberg,  Simon Standage,  Alastair Mitchell  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 4.
    Haydn: Horn Concerto No. 1, Symphony No. 31 / Goodman, Halstead, Hanover Band
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5190 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Michael Haydn
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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    Schumann: Complete Works For Piano 4-hands / Frankl, Schiff
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3001 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Anthony Halstead,  Olga Hegedus,  Peter Frankl  ... 
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    Mozart: Oboe Music / Robin Canter, London Baroque
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Raul Diaz,  Anthony Halstead,  Robin Canter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Bottesini: Fantasia
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570399 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Bottesini
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead,  Thomas [Double Bass] Martin,  Anthony Halstead,  Jacquelyn Fugelle
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  • 8.
    Handel: Overtures / Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 419219 Release Date: 05/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead,  Christian Rutherford,  Simon Standage,  David Reichenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Beethoven: Septett, Streichquintett / Hausmusik
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54656 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Roger Chase,  Richard Lester,  Pavlo Beznosiuk,  Simon Whistler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hausmusik
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    Brahms: Choral Works / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000666902 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Philip Salmon,  Delyth Wynne,  Anthony Halstead,  Christian Rutherford  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 11.
    The #1 Mozart Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000063902 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Willard White,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 12.
    J.c. Bach: Complete Keyboard Concertos / Halstead, Hanover
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999930 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Anthony Halstead
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 13.
    Weber: Overtures, Etc / Roy Goodman, Hanover Band
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7062 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 14.
    Mozart, Beethoven: Quintets For Piano And Winds / Levin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455994 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead,  Robert Levin,  Danny Bond,  Frank De Bruine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble
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    A Portrait Of Britten / William Boughton, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1751 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Roger Best,  Jerry Hadley,  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  William Boughton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra,  English String Orchestra
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    A Portrait Of Mozart
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1756 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Julia Bernheimer,  Gundula Janowitz,  David Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman,  Barry Wordsworth,  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band Chorus,  Hanover Band,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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    M. Haydn: Pro Festo Sanctorum Innocentium, Etc / Marlow
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51220 Release Date: 07/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Haydn
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead,  Micaela Comberti,  Simon Standage,  Daniel Yeadon  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Marlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
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    Schubert: Choral Works / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454428 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Noel Mann,  Lynette Alcantara,  Angela Kazimierczuk,  Robert Johnston  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 19.
    Mozart, Haydn, Gluck: Opera Arias / Von Otter, Pinnock
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 449206 Release Date: 05/02/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Colin Lawson,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Trevor Pinnock,  Anthony Halstead  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 20.
    Mozart: Horn Concertos / Halstead, Goodman, Hanover Band
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5104 Release Date: 01/07/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 21.
    Handel: Royal Fireworks, Etc / Pinnock, English Concert
    Label: Dg Archiv Masters   Catalog: 447279 Release Date: 08/15/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Christian Rutherford,  Anthony Halstead,  Trevor Pinnock
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 22.
    Mozart: Horn Concertos / Halstead, Hogwood, Ancient Music
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443216 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 23.
    Telemann: Concerto In D, La Bouffonne, Etc / Standage
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 547 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Catherine Latham,  Anthony Robson,  Jeremy Ward,  Anthony Halstead  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Standage
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 24.
    Roman: Solo Concertos / Halstead, Age Of Enlightenment
    Label: Musica Sveciae   Catalog: 405 Release Date: 01/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johan Helmich Roman
    Performer:  Elizabeth Wallfisch,  Anthony Halstead,  Anthony Robson,  Lisa Beznosiuk
    Conductor:  Anthony Halstead
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 25.
    Basic 100 Vol 5 - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Flute Concerto
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61710 Release Date: 06/08/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kazuhito Yamashita,  James Galway,  José Luis Garcia,  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Chamber Orchestra,  New Irish Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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