The American pianist and harpsichordist, John Metz, received a Master’s Degree in Piano from Syracuse University and a DMA in Harpsichord from The Juilliard School.
From 1968 to 1978 John Metz held the position of Pianist in Residence at Concordia College, in Moorhead, MN. In 1980 he joined the faculty of Arizona State University (ASU), where he built an early music program and taught harpsichord. In 1999 he became Artistic Director of the Connecticut Early Music Festival, after having performed on the festival every year since its inception in 1982. In 2004 he retired from Arizona State University, and settled in Waterford, CT, where he teaches piano and performs locally.
John Metz attended the Yale Norfolk Summer Session, studied string accompanying with Samuel Sanders and vocal accompanying with Martin Isepp, and has accompanied for opera companies and voice studios. He also served as an early music vocal coach during his tenure at ASU.
John Metz and his wife Barbara are currently researching a large Romantic sonata for piano and cello, by Leonhard Emil Bach, published in 1891, of which Arizona State University holds the only known copy. They presented a “first” performance of the work in a series of recitals in the fall of 2005.