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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
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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 compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and over three hundred sacred cantatas of which nearly two hundred survive. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth. Bach was born in Eisenach, Saxe-Eisenach, into a great musical family. His father, Johann Ambrosius Bach, was the director of the ...more

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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 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

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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, 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

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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 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

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