June 2008 Workshop Faculty
Richard Auber has worked professionally as a harpsichord builder and technician for 25 years. He is a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and the third distinguished owner in the 50-year history of Zuckermann Harpsichords. He received his B.A. in Music from Connecticut College in 1983 where he studied flute, harpsichord and organ. Designing his Watson Fellowship to study harpsichord building, Richard immersed himself in European tradition by traveling throughout Europe and England to visit art museums and collections of musical instruments. He ultimately settled in Paris, France for two years where he attended the Sorbonne to study French and French literature while simultaneously working at the shop of Zuckermann's Paris agent. Upon returning to the USA he gained business and banking experience while working at the Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore, and in 1988 struck out on his own to found his first corporation, Auber Restoration and Design. This company granted an outlet for his combined interest in art, music, woodworking and design. The venture's success provided him with the experience and capital needed to take over management of Zuckermann Harpsichords from the widow of the previous owner, David Way. Richard has represented Zuckermann internationally at events and exhibitions in Bruges, Belgium, Vienna, Austria, Paris, France, Cremona, Italy, Yamanashi, Japan, Kiev, Ukraine and Shanghai, China. To facilitate international promotion Richard is conversant in French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.
Carol lei Breckenridge
Dr. Breckenridge (www.breckenridgec.com), Farver Professor of Music at Central College in Pella, Iowa, is a specialist in 18th-century music and an active recitalist and lecturer on harpsichord, fortepiano, and clavichord. She has given numerous solo and chamber recitals in the U.S. and in Europe, and performed concertos with The Baroque Orchestra of Iowa, Friends of the Orchestra de Camerata, and in other venues. Articles include "The Fortepiano and Classical Style" (Clavier), "Haydn's Keyboard Instruments and Sonatas" (Iowa Music Teachers), and "Rediscovering Classical Keyboard Style" (American Music Teacher) (available for download here). During Fall, 2004, Lark Wood Music released her fortepiano CD, "Music of Haydn and Mozart." Dr. Breckenridge is also author of Guide to Classical-Era Keyboard Music for Piano Teachers and Students.
Michael M. Herrick
Born in New York City, Michael spent the greater part of his life in Europe. He became an apprentice chef at age 14 in Geneva, Switzerland. After fulfilling his military obligation he returned to Switzerland and from there traveled across most of Europe as a chef, finally settling in The Netherlands, where he lived for more than 20 years and was awarded an advanced culinary arts certificate. Michael's avid interest in poetry has resulted in his humorous chapbook, Time, Numbers, and a Good Meal. Chef Herrick came to Iowa in March of 2000 and married Carol lei Breckenridge. Since then, he has been the manager for their touring company, Lark Wood Music, taking early keyboard music to communities across the U.S. and Canada, with their exceptionally fine collection of harpsichords, fortepiano, and
clavichords," as featured in Early Music America (Winter 2007).
Ed (www.kottick.com) is a musicologist, retired from the University of Iowa. His fields of scholarly expertise are early keyboard instruments, performance practice, and musical acoustics, and he has published more than 50 articles and reviews on these subjects. His best-known book, published in 1987 and reissued in paperback in 1992, is The Harpsichord Owner's Guide: A Manual for Buyers and Owners. He is the author, with George Lucktenberg, of Early Keyboard Instruments in European Museums. His magnum opus, released in 2003, is A History of the Harpsichord. Ed is also a builder, with 50 harpsichords, two fortepianos, and more than a dozen clavichords under his belt. He has been associated with ZHI for many years and now designs their new instruments, builds prototypes, writes their construction manuals, and does their advanced technical support. In 2006 The Board of Governors of the American Musical Instrument Society conferred on Ed its prestigious Curt Sachs award for his "distinguished work as a scholar, author, lecturer, builder, and designer."
Tatyana Nivana was born in the city of Kiev during the Soviet era where she obtained her degree from the prestigious State School for Fine Art and Design. Obtaining refugee status in 1990 she left the Soviet Union and lived in Italy where she further immersed herself in the study of European art history. She subsequently emigrated to the USA, became a US citizen, and began working for Zuckermann Harpsichords in 1994. An avid reader and scholar she has studied European furniture design and period decoration with special emphasis on the decoration of harpsichords from the major European building traditions. She has traveled to many of the world's museums to study and photograph their harpsichord holdings and she has adroitly executed dozens of commissions for collectors and musicians throughout the USA and internationally.
Janet K. Smith
Janet lives in the Kansas City area, where she has worked as a public relations consultant for nine years through her company, Expansion Communications. She works with companies of all sizes, non-profit organizations, and school districts. Prior to starting her consulting firm, she worked in corporate PR for 18 years. Janet has expertise in crisis planning and management, strategic planning, internal communications, and media relations, and she has spoken nationally on these topics. She is accredited in the practice of public relations through the Public Relations Society of America. Janet has won numerous awards for her work in internal communications, marketing communications, video production, and special events planning, and in 1992 was named Kansas City's Public Relations Professional of the Year. Last year, Janet started a second company, The Power of Goodwill LLC, to market reputation management software.
Peter Watchorn has studied the harpsichord, its history, repertoire and construction in great detail since 1974. He has achieved an international reputation for his consistently high standard of performance. In 1985 he was presented with the Erwin Bodky Memorial Award by the Cambridge Society of Early Music for his performance of J. S. Bach's solo harpsichord music. Born in Newcastle, NSW (Australia), he moved to Cambridge, MA in 1987, becoming a dual Australian/US citizen in 2005. He has continued to enjoy an active career in the USA and Europe as performer, scholar, recording artist and participant in several ensembles. He is also noted as a harpsichord builder and researcher, his most recent efforts resulting in collaboration with Zuckermann Harpsichords International in reconstructing the 1642 Ioannes Moermans double-manual harpsichord, now in the Russell Collection, Edinburgh. From 1985-1992 Peter Watchorn studied with Isolde Ahlgrimm in Vienna and has written extensively about her life and career. His full-length biography of her, Isolde Ahlgrimm, Vienna & the Early Music Revival appeared in 2007 (Ashgate Publishing, London). Dr. Watchorn was a contributing artist to the 2000 Edition Bachakademie (Hänssler-Klassik), recording the seven harpsichord Toccatas (BWV 910-916) and the seventeen Concertos arranged by Bach after other composers (BWV 972-987; 592a). With the award-winning recording label, Musica Omnia, which he founded in 2000, and for which he serves as producer and board president, he has embarked on separate projects devoted to the immense keyboard outputs of J. S. Bach and the English Renaissance composer, Dr. John Bull. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University (1995). His articles have been published in professional journals such as Musicology Australia, Early Music and Harpsichord & Fortepiano.