Beverly Biggs is a freelance harpsichordist, and Artistic Director of Baroque & Beyond, a period-music concert series based in Chapel Hill. A North Carolina native, Biggs lived for many years in the Pacific Northwest, returning to North Carolina and settling in the Triangle in 2005.
Bev performs as a member of the continuo team with North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, and several early music groups. As director of Baroque & Beyond, she tours with early music colleagues, playing baroque-period concerts around the region. She is also a member of Continuo to Go, which provides an experienced continuo team for choral and instrumental groups.
While based in Spokane, Washington, she performed, made recordings, toured in the U.S. and Canada, and served as artistic director of two period music organizations. A founding director of both Connoisseur Concerts and Allegro, she specializes in baroque period music. Accomplishments include founding the Northwest Bach Festival, the Royal Fireworks Festival & Concert, Allegro’s Viennese Ball, Music in Historic Homes, and Period Music at The Met.
Beverly Biggs earned her Bachelor of Music degree in performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University. Post-graduate study was done with harpsichordists Margaret Irwin-Brandon and Alan Curtis in the United States, and with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam.
Bev owns three harpsichords and several early pianos. Her primary concert instrument is a double manual French harpsichord built in 1972 by David Dutton. It is a replica of the 1769 Pascal Taskin harpsichord found in the Yale University collection.