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John Metz

Location: Connecticut, USA
I received a Master’s Degree in Piano from Syracuse University and a Doctorate in Harpsichord from The Juilliard School.  From 1968 to 1978 I was Pianist in Residence at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  In 1980 I joined the faculty of Arizona State University where I developed an early music program and taught harpsichord   I performed in the Connecticut Early Music Festival every year since its inception in 1982, and took over as its Artistic Director from 1999 to 2007.  I retired from Arizona State University in 2004 and settled in Waterford, CT.  My recordings include Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Three Harpsichord Suites by Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. (Summit and SoundSet Records), and (with my wife, Barbara Metz) the six sonatas for cello and fortepiano of the early American composer Rayner Taylor.   I have been composing, largely choral literature for the past five years.  I recently completed a 19-minute choral fantasy on poems from The Space Child's Mother Goose (reprint, Purple House Inc).
" .. for sheer musical excellence, his duets with his wife surpass anything I had previously heard in this ancient instrument category."  "(Taylor's) 'Sonata in A Major' closed the program, and was so beautiful that this writer bought a compact disc to take the music home."  Bisbee Arizona Herald/Review
"I think the Goldberg Variations has the best recorded sound of any harpsichord recording I've heard."  Robert McBride, Program Director, WMHT-FM Schenectady, NY
"Metz is devoted to the music and his performances sound fluent and eloquent."  "If you like French Baroque music ... you should get this disc."  (American Record Guide, 1992)
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