John McKean :: harpsichord (United States)

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John McKean :: harpsichord (United States)

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About John


Independent Performing Artist


Boston, MA

Other Interests:

historical musicology, typography, yoga, German language and culture




By the time John McKean first built a harpsichord at the age of 13, he had already been captivated by early keyboard instruments and the music of the Baroque for a number of years. Since that time, he has gone on to distinguish himself internationally as both a performer and scholar of historical keyboard music and performance practice. McKean has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America, with concert engagements bringing him to venues as far afield as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Fondazione Cini in Venice, the Norðurljós Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland, and the Philips Collection in Washington, D.C. McKean studied harpsichord performance with Lisa Crawford and Webb Wiggins at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Ohio) and with Robert Hill at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik (Freiburg, Germany). He received additional instruction over the years from some of the greatest modern masters of historical keyboards, including Arthur Haas, Jacques Ogg, Skip Sempé, Jesper Christensen, Ketil Haugsand, Mitzi Meyerson, Richard Egarr, and Gustav Leonhardt. In the academic realm, he holds a degree in German Studies from Oberlin College as well as an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Cambridge (U.K). His master’s thesis unearthed new details concerning the life and works of French harpsichord composer Gaspard Le Roux, while his doctoral dissertation examined the development of keyboard technique during the German Baroque.