Gavin Black

June 14, 2012

Gavin Black was born (in 1957) and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. A resident of central New Jersey since 1983, since 2001 he has been the Director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center–(–where he teaches harpsichord, clavichord, continuo-playing, organ, and anything and everything related to Baroque keyboard instruments and repertoire. He has performed and recorded on Baroque keyboard instruments for the last thirty years, performing the complete organ music of Bach, other seventeenth and eighteenth century organ repertoire, and harpsichord music from the early Renaissance on, with an emphasis on Sweelinck and Frescobaldi. He has also performed and recorded harpsichord and organ music of the late American composer known as Moondog (Louis Hardin 1916–1999) under the composer’s supervision.

In the mid-1990s Gavin Black made several recordings for the acclaimed Baroque music label PGM, founded by the late Gabe Wiener. Although these recordings have been out of print for some years, copies from remaining stock can be purchased at In 2007 Gavin and colleague George Hazelrigg released a recording of Bach's Art of the Fugue played on two harpsichords. This is available at and at normal retail outlets. His most recent recording prior to that—harpsichord music of Sweelinck—was released on the Centaur label in 2006, and is available through normal retail outlets or at

Gavin is also an active continuo player and has been a member of the chamber ensemble Col Legno, and of The Practitioners of Musick, and the Princeton Baroque Ensemble, among others. He also writes a monthly column about organ and harpsichord pedagogy for the organ journal THE DIAPASON. He is a 1979 graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in history, specializing in the medieval period. He also has a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College, where he studied with Prof. Eugene Roan, and where one of his two degree recitals was The Art of the Fugue, played on Westminster’s Fisk organ. His other principal organ teacher was Paul Jordan. Gavin also studied piano with Paul Klein, Lois Lounsbury, and Lillian Silva, and conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller and Jahja Ling.

During the 2014–15 concert season Gavin has given a series of five harpsichord and clavichord recitals in Princeton featuring several different modern-built and antique instruments and including music of Cabezon, Cabanilles, Sweelinck, Froberger, Buxtehude, Frescobaldi, Storace, Bach, Byrd, Bull, Farnaby, and others: a survey of nearly three hundred years of great keyboard repertoire.

Over the last few years Gavin has presented workshops to AGO chapter on harpsichord and clavichord technique and interpretation and on organ pedagogy.

Gavin can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].