Henry HargraveEnglish Born 00 1720 Died 00 1780
Since her acclaimed New York debut as a Concert Artists Guild Award winner, harpsichordist Elaine Comparone has sustained a varied career spanning a wide range of artistic endeavours. A recipient of Solo Recitalist and Recording grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, she has given solo performances at major venues throughout the United States and made guest appearances with such ensembles as the Handel Society of New York and Washington, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
As founder/director of Harpsichord Unlimited, a non-profit organisation dedicated to expanding public awareness of the harpsichord, she directs and performs in annual series of chamber music concerts and solo recitals in New York City. A favourite guest of summer music festivals in Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon and Wyoming, she co-directed the festival in Ouray, Colorado for four years.
She has also been active as a lecturer and teacher, and has collaborated with choreographers, poets and video artists. She has recorded baroque and twentieth-century music for the Musical Heritage Society, Spectrum Records and Laurel Records, and her performance of fugues from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier has been televised by PBS nationwide.
Ms Comparone plays a Frank Hubbard copy, made for her in 1972, of a 1646 Ruckers harpsichord enlarged in 1720 by Pascal Taskin. This Franco-Flemish hybrid combined the skills of Andress Ruckers the Younger, whose work was highly prized in eighteenth-century France, with those of Taskin, the most famous Parisian harpsichord builder. This double-manual harpsichord has 61 notes on each keyboard (FF-f''') with a disposition of two sets of 8' strings, one set of 4' strings and buff (lute) stops.