The American harpsichordist and fortepianist, Andrew Appel, studied at the Duke Unversiry from 1969 to 1971. He holds an international soloist degree from the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp and a Doctorate from the Juilliard School of Music in New York (1983). In 1977 he won 1st Prize at the Erwin Bodkey Competition in Boston.
Andrew Appel made his debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall in 1977. As recitalist, he has performed at Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, as well as halls from the Music Academy of the West to the Smithsonian in Washington DC, and has taken part in many festivals including Italy's Spoleto Festival, New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, Ashton Magna Festival and the Redwoods Festival. He is Artistic Director of the Four Nations Ensemble and performs throughout Europe and the USA. He is also a member of the Smithsonian Players, Orpheus, The Violins of Lafayette, and several European chamber orchestras as continuo.
Andrew Appel has taught harpsichord and music history at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He also taught at Temple University and Princeton. As a writer, he has written programme notes and articles for presenters around the USA including Lincoln Center and National Public Radio. Appel's edition of the complete works of Gaspard Le Roux will be published by L'Oiseau Lyre, Monaco. He has participated in discussions on education and chamber music programming at conferences of Chamber Music America, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the New York State Council on the Arts. He is a member of American Musical Society, Early Music America, and South Eastern Historical Keyboard Society. Most recently, he has been asked to serve as Trustee of Chamber Music America.
Recording: Bach: Works for Harpsichord (1983); JS Bach-Bridge (1987); Couperin: Works for Harpsichord (1989); Couperin (1991). He has enjoyed critical acclaim for his previous recording of Bach works where he plays and records for ASV/Gaudeamus with Four Nations Ensemble.