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Elizabeth Farr (Organ, Harpsichord, Lute-Harpsichord)

Born: USA

The American organist and harpsichordist, Elizabeth Farr, holds the Bachelor of Music degree in organ from Stetson University (Florida), the Master of Music degree in organ from The Juilliard School (New York), and the Doctor of Musical arts degree in harpsichord from the University of Michigan. Her teachers include organists Paul Jenkins and Vernon de Tar, and harpsichordist Edward Parmentier. She has won a number of organ and harpsichord playing competitions, including the National Organ Playing Competition (Ft. Wayne, Ind.), the Young Artists’ Organ Playing Competition (Harvard University, Boston) and the Magnum Opus Harpsichord Competition (Michigan).

Elizabeth Farr specializes in keyboard music of the 17th and 18th centuries. She performs on the harpsichord, organ, and pedal-harpsichord. In addition to solo recitals, she performs with chamber ensembles, with larger orchestral ensembles as a concerto soloist, and also as basso-continuo player. She has performed with the Grande Bande at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall (New York), Ars Musica (Michigan), and locally in Colorado with the Boulder Bach Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Philharmonic and Diverse Passions. She has also performed with Dutch recorder artist Eva Legêne, Baroque violinist Veronika Skuplik, and viola da gamba virtuoso Enid Sutherland. She has concertized in Europe as well as the USA, including the Festtage für Alte Musik in Schlewig-Holstein (Glücksburg), Schloss Bad Krozingen, and repeat engagements at the famous 17th-century Arp Schnitger organ in the Ludgerikirche in Norden, Germany.

Her recording of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre’s Suites Nos. 1-6 for Harpsichord (Naxos) was awarded the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Bestenliste 1/2006.

Elizabeth Farr is on the faculty of the College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she is teaches organ and harpsichord and directs the Early Music Ensemble, and offers classes in performance practices and basso-continuo playing.

Source: College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder Website; Naxos Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2008)

Elizabeth Farr: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

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Elizabeth Farr (College of Music - University of Colorado at Boulder)

Elizabeth Farr Biography (Naxos)

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