Famous Harpsichordists in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1685-10-26 Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist (La Silvia), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1757)
  • 1692-10-08 Antonio Palella, Italian composer and harpsichordist, born in San Giovanni a Teduccio, Naples, Italy (d. 1761)
  • 1695-02-06 Andre Cheron, French composer & organist & harpsichordist, born in Paris, France (d. 1766)
  • 1715-01-12 Jacques Duphly, French composer and harpsichordist, born in Rouen (d. 1789)
  • 1717-08-13 Christoph Nichelmann, German composer and harpsichordist, born in Treuenbrietzen, Germany (d. 1762)
  • 1879-07-05 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1959)
  • 1911-06-10 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • 1921-09-03 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, born in Surbiton, London (d. 1971)
  • 1927-01-14 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist & WWII survivor, born in Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1928-05-30 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, born in 's-Graveland, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1930-09-27 Igor Kipnis, harpsichordist/professor (Fairfield), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1931-10-14 Rafael Puyana, Colombian baroque harpsichordist (NY debut 1957), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1941-05-12 Anthony Newman, harpsichordist/organist (Bhajeb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-05-31 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist/professor (Barnard, Bkln), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946-12-16 Trevor Pinnock, English conductor and harpsichordist (The English Concert), born in Canterbury, England
  • 1979-09-22 Emilie Autumn, American singer, violinist, and harpsichordist

Deaths in Music

  • 1757-07-23 Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist (La Silvia), dies at 71
  • 1761-03-07 Antonio Palella, Italian composer and harpsichordist, dies at 68
  • 1762-07-20 Christoph Nichelmann, German composer and harpsichordist, dies at 44
  • 1766-10-07 Andre Cheron, French composer organist and harpsichordist, dies at 71
  • 1789-07-15 Jacques Duphly, French composer and harpsichordist, dies at 74
  • 1959-08-16 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), dies at 80
  • 1971-03-06 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1984-04-13 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
  • 2012-01-16 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • 2017-09-27 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, dies from pneumonia at 90