"Elaine Funaro is regarded as one of the leading performers of new music for the harpsichord, yet her repertoire spans the entire history of the instrument, from a recording of Baroque music on a Kirckman harpsichord made in 1758 to numerous premieres of late 20th-century contemporary works. Her commitment to showcasing both old and new unexplored repertoire of harpsichord music includes compositions by women and those based on indigenous musical forms from South America, South Africa and Japan.
In addition to performing at the international Early Music Festivals in Amherst, Amsterdam, Berkeley, Boston, and Bloomington, she has been featured in solo recitals at the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress. She recently recorded 3 premieres for the ABC Radio in Melbourne.
Ms. Funaro studied at Oberlin College, the New England Conservatory of Music, Il Conservatorio Cherubini in Florence, Italy, and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Her teachers have included Gustav Leonhardt, Tom Koopman, John Gibbons and Lisa Crawford.
Active in the community of keyboard artists, she is a past president of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society and is the director of the Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition. She has recorded for the Centaur, Gasparo and Wildboar labels. " See website for more information. (ed.)
Category: Contemporary Early Music / Contemporary New Music
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