Hogwood studied music at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was a student of Raymond Leppard and Stanley Thurston, Rafael Puyana and Gustav Leonhardt. After a one-year fellowship in Prague he was harpsichordist of the Early Music Consort in London, an ensemble that brings music from the Renaissance to the performance with great success.
In 1973 he founded the Academy of Ancient Music, a playing on period instruments orchestra, which makes itself outstanding services to the historical performance practice. Since 1981 he has conducted major orchestras in the United States and director of opera performances. In 1992 he became professor of early music at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Hogwood wrote several books, such as a basic musical leader of the trio sonata and a biography of George Frideric Handel.
Georg Friedrich Handel. A Biography ( = island paperback. 2655 ). Translated from English by Bettina Obrecht. Insel-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, inter alia, 2000, ISBN 3-458-34355-5.