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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)
 
for more information see http://metzscores.com

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