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Gavin Black was born (in 1957) and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. A resident of central New Jersey since 1983, since 2001 he has been the Director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center – http://www.pekc.org – where he teaches harpsichord, clavichord, continuo-playing, organ, and anything and everything related to Baroque keyboard instruments and repertoire. He has performed and recorded on Baroque keyboard instruments for the last thirty years, performing the complete organ music of Bach, other seventeenth and eighteenth century organ repertoire, and harpsichord music from the early Rennaisance on, with an emphasis on Sweelinck and Frescobaldi. He has also performed and recorded harpsichord and organ music of the late American composer known as  Moondog (Louis Hardin 1916-1999) under the composer’s supervision.

In the mid-1990’s Gavin Black made several recordings for the acclaimed Baroque music label PGM, founded by the late Gabe Wiener. Although these recordings have been out of print for some years, copies from remaining stock can be purchased at http://www.pgm.com/shop/ . His most recent recording prior to The Art of the Fugue – harpsichord music of Sweelinck – was released on the Centaur label in 2006, and is available through normal retail outlets or at http://www.centaurrecords.com/ .

Gavin is also an active continuo player and is a member of the chamber ensemble Col Legno, and of The Practitioners of Musick, among others. He also writes a monthly column about organ and harpsichord pedagogy for the organ magazine The Diapason. He is a 1979 graduate of Princeton University where he majored in history, specializing in the medieval period. He also has a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College where he studied with Prof. Eugene Roan., and where one of his two Degree Recitals was The Art of the Fugue played on Westminster’s Fisk organ. His other principal organ teacher was Paul Jordan. Gavin also studied piano with Paul Klein, Lois Lounsbury, and Lillian Silva, and conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller and Jahja Ling.

Gavin can be reached by email at gavinblack@mail.com.


George Hazelrigg bio coming soon.





The Art of the Fugue
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Sound Samples
Excerpt from Contrapunctus I
Excerpt from Contrapunctus X
Excerpt from Contrapunctus XI