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Rafael Puyana (Harpsichord)

Born: October 14, 1931 - Bogotá, Colombia
Died: March 1, 2013 - Paris, France

The Colombian harpsichordist, Rafael Puyana Michelsen, began piano lessons at age 6 with his aunt and at age 13 made his debut at the Teatro Colón in Bogotá. At age 16 he went to Boston to continue his piano studies at the New England Conservatory. He also had general music training at the Hartt College of Music in Hertford, Connecticut. He subsequently went to Berlin to study harpsichord with Wanda Landowska and then to Paris to study composition with Nadia Boulanger.

Rafael Puyana made a tour of Europe in 1955, his debut in New York in 1957 and in London in 1966. Thereafter he toured world-wide. His extensive repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary scores. He performed with the likes of Yehudi Menuhin, Leopold Stokowski, and Andrés Segovia. Composers of the stature of Federico Mompou and Xavier Montsalvatge dedicated compositions to him.

Aside from concerts, Rafael Puyana taught harpsichord. Christopher Hogwood and Elizabeth de la Porte were among his students. He also collected original instruments and made copies of famous instruments.


Source: Wikipedia Website; Bakerís Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2006, April 2017); Teddy Kaufman (Photos, December 2006)

Rafael Puyana: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Yehudi Menuhin

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DVD: Aria from BWV 13 [w/ baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau]

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Rafael Puyana (Wikipedia)
Rafael Puyana (Gran Enciclopedia de Colombia) [Spanish]

MUSIC: Rafael Puyana (New York Times)
MUSIC: Rafael Puyana, Harpsichord (New York Times)


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