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List of famous harpsichordists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top harpsichordists in the world? This includes the most prominent harpsichordists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable harpsichordists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic harpsichordists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned harpsichordists.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known harpsichordists to the lesser known harpsichordists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the harpsichordist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous harpsichordists ever?" and "What are the names of famous harpsichordists?" then you're in the right place. (122 items)
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1685-1750)

Birthplace: Eisenach, Germany

Profession: Musician, Harpsichordist, Composer, Cantor Organist, + more

Credits: The Godfather, Se7en, The Silence of the Lambs, The Pianist

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Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
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Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and composer. She is a classically-trained musician and has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. She has been nominated eight times for a Grammy Award. Having already begun composing instrumental pieces on piano, Amos won a full scholarship to the Peabody ...more

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Age: 52

Birthplace: Newton, North Carolina, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Twister, Great Expectations, Escape from L.A., Higher Learning

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Emilie Autumn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
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Emilie Autumn Liddell, better known by her stage name Emilie Autumn, is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and violinist. Autumn draws influence for her music—the style of which she has alternatively labeled as "Fairy Pop", "Fantasy Rock" or "Victoriandustrial" and glam rock—from plays, novels, ...more

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Age: 36

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Singer-songwriter, Harpsichordist, Actor, Singer Violinist

Credits: The Devil's Carnival, Saw III, Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival, Emilie Autumn: Fight Like a Girl

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Barbara Harbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
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Barbara Harbach is a composer, harpsichordist, organist and teacher. Since 2004, she has been Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She founded Women in the Arts-St. Louis to highlight women's work and gain more performances for musicians and composers. A number of her pieces ...more

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Profession: Professor, Harpsichordist, Composer, Organist

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#27 on The Greatest Harpsichordists of All Time

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George Martin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
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Sir George Henry Martin CBE is an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He is sometimes referred to as "the Fifth Beatle" in reference to his extensive involvement on each of the Beatles' original albums. He is considered one of the greatest record ...more

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Age: 89

Birthplace: England, London, HM Prison Holloway

Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer Audio Engineer, + more

Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Yellow Submarine, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Live and Let Die Help!, + more

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#18 on The Greatest Harpsichordists of All Time

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Eileen Joyce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
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Eileen Alannah Joyce CMG was an Australian pianist whose career spanned more than 30 years. She lived in England in her adult years. Her recordings made her popular internationally in the 1930s and 1940s, particularly during World War II; at her zenith she was compared in popular esteem with Gracie ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1908-1991)

Birthplace: Zeehan, Australia

Profession: Pianist, Harpsichordist

Credits: Wherever She Goes

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Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
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Keith Jarrett is an American pianist and composer who performs both jazz and classical music. Jarrett started his career with Art Blakey, moving on to play with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis. Since the early 1970s he has enjoyed a great deal of success as a group leader and a solo performer in jazz, ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Musician, Harpsichordist Composer, + more

Credits: Sorcerer, Keith Jarrett: Standards, The Keith Jarrett Trio: Live at Open Theater East, I Remember Me Keith Jarrett: Last Solo, + more

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Christopher Hogwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
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Christopher Jarvis Haley Hogwood CBE was an English conductor, harpsichordist, writer, and musicologist. Founder of the early music ensemble the Academy of Ancient Music, he was an authority on historically informed performance and a leading figure in the early music revival of the late 20th ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1941-2014)

Birthplace: Nottingham, United Kingdom

Profession: Conductor, Scholar, Musician, Harpsichordist Musicologist, + more

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#14 on The Greatest Harpsichordists of All Time

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