Beverly Biggs, harpsichordist and fortepianist, 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 just in time for Christmas 2004.
While 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 period music of the late Baroque, Classical, and early Romantic eras. 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.
Beverly 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 concert fortepiano, also by Dutton, is a replica of an instrument of Johann Andreas Stein, 1784, Augsburg.