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Beverly Biggs is a freelance harpsichordist based in Durham, North Carolina. She was the founder 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 has served as a member of the continuo team with the North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Bach Festival, and NC Baroque Orchestra, and she plays with various early music groups, including concerts with her trio, Zephyr (under the Book Us tab).

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.

Bev’s 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.

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.

 

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