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List of Famous Harpsichordists

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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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 is a harpsichordist, fortepianist and teacher.
Karl Richter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
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 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 was a well-known American harpsichordist and pianist.
Ton Koopman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Harpsichordists
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 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 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, 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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