Bruce Dickey is one of a handful of musicians worldwide who have dedicated themselves to reviving the cornetto – once an instrument of great virtuosi, but which fell into disuse in the 19th century. From the late 1970s it was largely Dickey, who created a new renaissance of the instrument – playing it as a solo cornettist as well as with his ensemble Concerto Palatino.
In the course of his long career as a performer and recording artist he has worked with most of the leading figures in the field of early music, including Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Monica Huggett, Philippe Herreweghe and many others. Of special importance has been his long-time friendship and collaboration with Andrew Parrott, and in more recent years with Konrad Junghänel.
Dickey can be heard on countless recordings, among others his solo CDs Quel lascivissimo cornetto… (which was awarded the Diapason d’or), La Bella Minuta and Breathtaking together with soprano Hana Blazikova.
Dickey is much in demand as a teacher, both of the cornetto and of 17th-century performance practice in his regular class at the Schola Cantorum, but also at the Royal Conservatory The Hague, as well as for master classes in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.