Beverly Biggs, freelance harpsichordist, is 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 appears regularly with North Carolina Baroque Orchestra as a member of the continuo team and occasionally as a soloist. She collaborates with early music colleagues, offering duo and small ensemble 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 and early Classical 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 harpsichord is a double manual French instrument built in 1972 by David Dutton. It is a replica of the 1769 Pascal Taskin harpsichord found in the Yale University collection. Her fortepiano, also by Dutton, is a replica of an instrument of Johann Andreas Stein, 1784, Augsburg.