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 the North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Bach Festival, and NC Baroque Orchestra, and she plays with several early music groups. As director of Baroque & Beyond, she tours with early music colleagues, playing baroque-period concerts around the region.
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 the late 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.