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Penelope Crawford

Lecturer of Fortepiano

Internationally acclaimed as one of America's master performers on historical keyboard instruments, Penelope Crawford has appeared as soloist with modern and period instrument orchestras, and as recitalist and chamber musician on major North American concert series. From 1975 to 1990 she was harpsichordist and fortepianist with the Ars Musica Baroque Orchestra, one of the first period instrument ensembles in North America. Her recordings, which have appeared on the Timegate, Titanic, Wild Boar, Loft, and Musica Omnia labels include major chamber works of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Schumann with the Atlantis Trio, the Mozart and Beethoven Wind Quintets with the Gambini Winds, and Schubert's two major Lieder cycles, Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise with baritone Max van Egmond.Mendelssohn. Her recent recording of Beethoven's last three Piano Sonatas won the 2011 "Record of the Year" Award from Music Web International.

In addition to teaching at the University of Michigan, Crawford served for 25 years on the artist faculty of the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. She has been involved as artistic director and performer in several important international conferences: Händel's Messiah: History & Performance (1980 Ann Arbor) Michigan MozartFest (1989, Ann Arbor); Schubert's Piano Music (1995, Washington D. C.); and Beyond Notation: The Performance and Pedagogy of Improvisation in Mozart's Music (2002, Ann Arbor). Crawford's performance degrees came from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan, with additional studies in Salzburg and Rome. Her teachers have included Cécile Genhart, Rosina Lhevinne, Guido Agosti, Kurt Neumüller, and Gyorgy Sandor.

An avid collector of historical keyboards, Crawford owns both originals and reproductions of 18th- and 19th-century pianos and harpsichords.




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