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List of famous female harpsichordists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female harpsichordists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being harpsichordists. There are thousand of females working as harpsichordists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic harpsichordists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a harpsichordist then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all female harpsichordists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female harpsichordists?" and "Who are the best female harpsichordists?"
Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female 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 Institute at Johns Hopkins University, the youngest person ever to have been admitted, at age five. She was expelled at age eleven for, in her own words, insisting on playing by ear and because of her interest in popular rock music. Amos originally served as the lead singer of short-lived 1980s pop group Y Kant Tori Read before achieving her breakthrough as a solo artist at the forefront of a ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 54

Birthplace: Newton, North Carolina, United States of America

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Emilie Autumn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female 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, and history, particularly the Victorian era. Performing with her all-female backup dancers The Bloody Crumpets, Autumn incorporates elements of classical music, cabaret, electronica, and glam rock with theatrics, and burlesque. Growing up in Malibu, California, she began learning the violin at the age of four and left regular school five years later with the goal of becoming a world-class violinist; ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 38

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Barbara Harbach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female 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 have been recorded by the Slovak Symphony Orchestra; its recording of a collection of her music released in 2008 received three major classical music awards. In 1989 Harbach founded the small Vivace Press, to publish music by underrepresented composers. In 1993 she was a co-founder of the journal, Women of Note Quarterly, and continues as its editor. ...more on Wikipedia

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Eileen Joyce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female 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 Fields and Vera Lynn. When she played in Berlin in 1947 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, an eminent German critic classed her with Clara Schumann, Sophie Menter and Teresa Carreño. When she performed in the United States in 1950, Irving Kolodin called her "the world's greatest unknown pianist". She became even better known during the 1950s, when she played 50 recitals a year in London ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 83 (1908-1991)

Birthplace: Zeehan, Australia

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