Hugh Macdonald is Avis H. Blewett Professor of Music at Washington University in St. Louis. Before coming to the U.S. in 1987, he taught at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Glasgow. He has also taught at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He was general editor of the 26 volumes of Berlioz’s music, the New Berlioz Edition, a series completed in 2006, and has published editions of Alkan, Lalo, and Chabrier. He organized the world première of Lalo’s opera Fiesque at the 2006 Montpellier Festival.
He is a contributing editor of the eight volumes of the Berlioz Correspondance générale, completed in 2002. He has published books on Scriabin and Berlioz, and a collection of essays entitled Beethoven’s Century appeared in May 2008. He is currently working on a catalogue of the works of Georges Bizet. He is a regular pre-concert speaker for the St. Louis, Cleveland, and Boston Symphony Orchestras, and has provided singing translations of opera for companies in London, Leeds, Glasgow, Los Angeles, and St. Louis.
Professor Macdonald enjoys a widespread reputation for his expertise and his willingness to help others find and enjoy the richness of French music.