Famous Harpsichordists in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1655-03-17 Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist, organist, singer, and composer (Les pièces de clavessin; Céphale et Procris), born in, Paris (d. 1729)
  • 1683-01-13 Johann Christoph Graupner, German harpsichordist and Baroque composer, born in Hartmannsdorf, Saxony (d. 1760)
  • 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)
  • 1724-12-08 Claude-Bénigne Balbastre, French organist, harpsichordist, and composer, born in Dijon, France (d. 1799)
  • 1748-12-16 Ferdinand-Philippe-Joseph Staes, Flemish harpsichordist, organist and composer, baptized in Brussels (d. 1809)
  • 1751-10-28 Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky, Russian-Ukrainian harpsichordist and composer (Tantum Ergo), born in Glukhov, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1825)
  • 1872-04-23 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (harpsichord and clavichord), born in Harley Street, St Marylebone, London (d. 1948)
  • 1879-07-05 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1959)
  • 1908-12-28 Felicja Blumental, Polish-Brazilian concert pianist ( Villa-Lobos' Piano Concerto No. 5; Penderecki's Partita for Harpsichord), born in Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1991)
  • 1910-09-24 Frank Pelleg [Pollack], Czech-Israeli harpsichordist, pianist, conductor and educator, born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1968) [1]
  • 1911-06-10 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • 1917-03-23 Johnny Guarnieri, American stride and jazz stride pianist, and harpsichordist (The Gramercy Five; The Morey Amsterdam Show), born in New York City (d. 1985) (d. 1985)
  • 1921-09-03 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, born in Surbiton, London (d. 1971)
  • 1927-01-14 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist & Holocaust survivor, born in Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1927-05-16 Paul Angerer, Austrian violist, violinist, conductor (Concilium Musicum Wien), harpsichordist, composer and radio host, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2017)
  • 1928-05-30 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, born in 's-Graveland, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1930-09-27 Igor Kipnis, American harpsichordist, pianist, conductor, and educator, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1931-10-14 Rafael Puyana, Colombian baroque harpsichordist (NY debut 1957), born in Bogotá, Colombia (d. 2013)
  • 1931-12-16 Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist, and educator, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2020)
  • 1934-11-17 Alan Curtis, American harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor, born in Mason, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1935-12-30 Bruno Canino, Italian pianist, harpsichordist, composer, and music director, born in Naples, Italy
  • 1939-05-20 María Luisa Ozaita, Spanish pianist, harpsichordist, musicologist, conductor, and composer (Pelleas y Melisanda), born in Baracaldo, Spain (d. 2017)
  • 1939-09-10 Elisabeth Chojnacka, Polish harpsichordist, with works dedicated to her by over 80 composers, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2017)
  • 1941-05-12 Anthony Newman, American harpsichordist and organist (Bhajeb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-05-31 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist, pianist, musicologist, and professor (Barnard College, Brooklyn, NYC ), born in New York City (d.2021)
  • 1944-12-17 Giedrė Lukšaitė-Mrázková, Lithuanian–Czech harpsichord player, organist, and educator, born in Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1946-12-16 Trevor Pinnock, English conductor and harpsichordist (The English Concert), born in Canterbury, England
  • 1949-02-04 Ludger Rémy, German harpsichordist, conductor (Les Amis de Philippe), and musicologist, born in Kalkar, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1951-03-01 Scott Ross, American-French harpsichordist (recorded all 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 1959-10-25 Marina Minkin, Israeli harpsichordist and teacher (Ad Libitum Ensemble), born in Ukraine
  • 1972-01-14 Predrag Gosta, Serbian-American conductor (Makris Symphony Orchestra, 2015-present), harpsichordist, and baritone, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
  • 1979-09-22 Emilie Autumn {Liddell], American singer-songwriter, violinist, and harpsichordist (Fight Like A Girl), born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1691-04-23 Jean-Henri D'Anglebert, French composer, harpsichordist and organist, dies at 62
  • 1729-06-27 Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist, organist, singer, and composer (Les pièces de clavessin; Céphale et Procris), dies at 74
  • 1757-07-23 Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist (La Silvia), dies at 71
  • 1760-05-10 Johann Christoph Graupner, German harpsichordist and Baroque composer, dies at 77
  • 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
  • 1799-05-09 Claude-Bénigne Balbastre, French organist, harpsichordist, and composer, dies at 74
  • 1825-10-10 Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky, Russian-Ukrainian harpsichordist and composer (Tantum Ergo), dies at 73
  • 1948-01-09 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (harpsichord and clavichord), dies at 75
  • 1959-08-16 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), dies at 80
  • 1968-09-20 Frank Pelleg [Pollack], Czech-Israeli harpsichordist, pianist, conductor and educator, dies at 57
  • 1971-03-06 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1971-04-25 Max Drischner, German organist, harpsichordist, kantor, and composer, dies at 80
  • 1984-04-13 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
  • 1985-01-07 Johnny Guarnieri, American stride and jazz stride pianist, and harpsichordist (The Gramercy Five; The Morey Amsterdam Show) dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1989-06-03 Scott Ross, American-French harpsichordist (recorded all 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti),dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 38
  • 1991-12-31 Felicja Blumental, Polish-Brazilian concert pianist ( Villa-Lobos' Piano Concerto No. 5; Penderecki's Partita for Harpsichord), dies at 83
  • 2002-01-23 Igor Kipnis, American harpsichordist, pianist, conductor, and educatordies of renal cancer at 71
  • 2012-01-16 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • 2013-03-01 Rafael Puyana, Colombian baroque harpsichordist (NY debut 1957), dies at 81
  • 2015-07-15 Alan Curtis, American harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor, dies at 80
  • 2017-04-05 María Luisa Ozaita, Spanish pianist, harpsichordist, musicologist, conductor, and composer (Pelleas y Melisanda), dies at 77
  • 2017-05-28 Elisabeth Chojnacka, Polish harpsichordist, with works dedicated to her by over 80 composers, dies at 79
  • 2017-06-21 Ludger Rémy, German harpsichordist, conductor (Les Amis de Philippe), and musicologist, dies at 68
  • 2017-07-26 Paul Angerer, Austrian violist, violinist, conductor (Concilium Musicum Wien), harpsichordist, composer and radio host, dies at 90
  • 2017-09-27 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, dies from pneumonia at 90
  • 2019-10-22 Raymond Leppard, British-American harpsichordist and conductor (Indianapolis Symphony, 1987-2001), dies at 93
  • 2020-04-16 Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist, and educator, dies at 88
  • 2021-03-13 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist, pianist, musicologist, and professor (Barnard College, Brooklyn, NYC ), dies shortly after a stroke at 79

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