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David Leigh (Harpsichord)

Born: 1953 - London, England

The English harpsichordist, David Leigh, was educated in London and read Music at Reading University. He studied piano with the Canadian pianist, Norma Crawford, and whilst still at school, studied the organ with Nicholas Danby at the Guildhall School of Music. He later went on to study the harpsichord with Michael Freyhan, Michael Thomas and Virginia Pleasants in England, as well as with Igor Kipnis in the USA.

David Leigh made his London debut at the Wigmore Hall in December 1981, and since then has given many recitals in England (including two very successful appearances at the Bath International Festival), Canada, Holland, Belgium and Austria. He has undertaken several tours of the USA, giving harpsichord and fortepiano recitals, broadcasts, lectures and master classes. He has also broadcast on Radio Canada, as is well known to listeners of BBC Radio Oxford.

Apart from his work as a recitalist, he is renowned for his restoration work on antique keyboard instruments. Many of the instruments that he has restored are to be found not only in the UK, but also in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and several countries on the Continent. Some of these, as the Jacobus Scouler spinet, have been used for recordings; others may be heard at concerts, or on the radio.

Source: Liner notes to the LP "18th Century Keyboard Music" (LME, 1980); Laurie Leigh Antique Website
Contributed by
Teri Noel Towe (June 2007) & Aryeh Oron (August 2007)

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