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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. (123 items)

Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Johann Sebastian Bach 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 ...more

Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Tori Amos 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 ...more

Emilie Autumn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Emilie Autumn 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 ...more

Barbara Harbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Barbara Harbach 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 ...more

George Martin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
George Martin 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 ...more

Eileen Joyce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Eileen Joyce 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 ...more

Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Keith Jarrett 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. ...more

Christopher Hogwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Christopher Hogwood 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 ...more

Frank Martin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Frank Martin Frank Martin was a Swiss composer, who lived a large part of his life in the Netherlands.

Gustav Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Gustav Leonhardt Gustav Leonhardt was a renowned Dutch keyboard player, conductor, musicologist, teacher and editor. He was a leading figure in the movement to perform music on period instruments. He ...more

Colin Tilney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Colin Tilney Colin Tilney is a harpsichordist, fortepianist and teacher.

Karl Richter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Karl Richter Karl Richter was a German conductor, choirmaster, organist, and harpsichordist. He was born in Plauen and studied first in Dresden, where he was a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor and later in ...more

Richard Egarr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Richard Egarr Richard Egarr is a British keyboard performer, on the harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano, and conductor. He received his musical training as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chetham's School ...more

Igor Kipnis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Igor Kipnis Igor Kipnis was a well-known American harpsichordist and pianist.

Ton Koopman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Ton Koopman A. G. M. Koopman is a Dutch conductor, organist and harpsichordist. He is also professor at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In April 2003 he was knighted in the Netherlands, receiving the ...more

Trevor Pinnock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Trevor Pinnock Trevor David Pinnock CBE is an English harpsichordist and conductor. He is best known for his association with the period-performance orchestra The English Concert which he helped found and ...more

Rosalyn Tureck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Rosalyn Tureck Rosalyn Tureck was an American pianist and harpsichordist who was particularly associated with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. However, she had a wide-ranging repertoire that included works ...more

Laurence Cummings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Laurence Cummings Laurence Cummings, MA, ARCM, FRCO, HonRAM is a British harpsichordist, organist, and conductor. Cummings was educated at Solihull School, Christ Church, Oxford and the Royal College of Music. ...more

Ralph Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Ralph Kirkpatrick Ralph Kirkpatrick was an American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist. He is most famous for his chronological catalog of Domenico Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas.

Wanda Landowska is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Wanda Landowska Wanda Alexandra Landowska was a Polish harpsichordist whose performances, teaching, recordings and writings played a large role in reviving the popularity of the harpsichord in the early 20th ...more

E. Power Biggs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
E. Power Biggs Edward George Power Biggs, professionally known as E. Power Biggs, was a British-born American concert organist and recording artist.

Lars Ulrik Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Lars Ulrik Mortensen Lars Ulrik Mortensen is a Danish harpsichordist and conductor. He studied with Karen Englund and Jesper Bøje Christensen at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and with Trevor ...more

William Christie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
William Christie William Lincoln Christie is an American-born French conductor and harpsichordist. He is a specialist in baroque repertoire and is the founder of the ensemble Les Arts Florissants.

Christophe Rousset is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Christophe Rousset Christophe Rousset is a French harpsichordist and conductor, specializing in the performance of baroque music on period instruments.

Bob van Asperen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Bob van Asperen Bob van Asperen is a Dutch harpsichordist and early keyboard instrument performer, as well as a conductor. He graduated in 1971 from the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he studied the harpsichord ...more

Andreas Staier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Andreas Staier Andreas Staier is a German pianist and harpsichordist.

Davitt Moroney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Davitt Moroney Davitt Moroney is a British-born and educated musicologist, harpsichordist and organist. His parents were of Irish and Italian extraction – his father was an executive with the Anglo-Dutch ...more

Scott Ross is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Scott Ross Scott Ross was a United States-born harpsichordist who lived in France and Canada for many years. His recordings include the first complete recording by a single performer of the 555 harpsichord ...more

Peter Watchorn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Peter Watchorn Peter Watchorn is an Australian-born harpsichordist who has combined a virtuosic keyboard technique, musical scholarship and practical experience in the construction of harpsichords copied from ...more

Rinaldo Alessandrini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Rinaldo Alessandrini Rinaldo Alessandrini is a virtuoso on Baroque keyboards, including harpsichord, fortepiano, and organ. He is founder and conductor of the Italian early music ensemble Concerto Italiano, ...more

Robert Veyron-Lacroix is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Robert Veyron-Lacroix Robert Veyron-Lacroix was a French harpsichordist and pianist whose post-war career was defined by his musical partnership with the celebrated French flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal.

János Sebestyén is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
János Sebestyén János Sebestyén was a Hungarian organist, harpsichordist and pianist.

Thurston Dart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Thurston Dart Robert Thurston Dart, was a British musicologist, conductor and keyboard player. From 1964 he was Professor of Music at King's College London. Dart studied keyboard instruments at the Royal ...more

Kenneth Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Kenneth Gilbert Kenneth Gilbert, OC is a Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist and music educator. Gilbert studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal under ...more

Isolde Ahlgrimm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Isolde Ahlgrimm Isolde Ahlgrimm was a Viennese harpsichordist and fortepianist.

Rafael Puyana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Rafael Puyana Rafael Puyana Michelsen was a Colombian harpsichordist. Puyana was born in Bogotá in 1931, and began piano lessons at age 6 with his aunt and at age 13 made his debut at the Teatro ...more

Bradley Brookshire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Bradley Brookshire Bradley Brookshire is an American-born harpsichordist. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan School of Music, his Master of Music from Mannes College in New York ...more

George Malcolm is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
George Malcolm George John Malcolm CBE was an English pianist, organist, composer, harpsichordist, and conductor. Malcolm's first instrument was the piano, and his first teacher was a nun who recognised his ...more

Jory Vinikour is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Jory Vinikour Jory Vinikour is an American born harpsichordist. He has been living in Paris since 1990, where he studied on a scholarship from the Fulbright Foundation with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth ...more

Gilbert Rowland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Gilbert Rowland Gilbert Rowland is a Scottish harpsichordist. His father was second in command to the Viceroy of India during the days of the British Empire. He studied at the Royal College of Music, under ...more

Colin Booth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Colin Booth Colin Booth is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as an inside forward for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, Doncaster Rovers and Oxford ...more

Fernando Valenti is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Fernando Valenti Fernando Valenti was an American harpsichordist. After studying with José Iturbi and Ralph Kirkpatrick and débuting in 1950, he recorded extensively, especially in the 1950s, and ...more

Sylvia Marlowe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Sylvia Marlowe Sylvia Marlowe was an American harpsichordist. She performed both the Baroque repertoire as well as contemporary compositions by composers such as Alan Hovhaness. In 1957 she founded the ...more

Kenneth P. Weiss is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Kenneth P. Weiss Kenneth P. Weiss is an American entrepreneur, human factors engineer and inventor. He invented the SecurID Card, now a trademark of RSA Security.

Elisabeth Chojnacka is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Elisabeth Chojnacka Elisabeth Chojnacka is a Polish harpsichordist living in France. She is one of the world's foremost harpsichordists specializing in the performance of contemporary harpsichord music. She earned ...more

Huguette Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Huguette Dreyfus Huguette Dreyfus is a French harpsichordist.

Jean-Adam Guilain is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Jean-Adam Guilain Jean-Adam Guilain was a German organist and harpsichordist who was mostly active in Paris during the first half of the eighteenth century. Little is known about his life. He was born in Germany, ...more

Mitzi Meyerson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Mitzi Meyerson Mitzi Meyerson is an American harpsichordist and photographer. She was born into a musical family in Chicago, Illinois, where she began her concert career at the age of seven. After completing ...more

Andrei Volkonsky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Andrei Volkonsky Prince Andrei Mikhaylovich Volkonsky was a Russian composer of classical music and harpsichordist. He was a key figure in Early Music Revival in Russia.

Joanna Newsom is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
Joanna Newsom Joanna Caroline Newsom is an American harpist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter and actress.