Thursday, September 20, 2007

Article in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

Fuller, Albert

(b Washington DC, 21 July 1926). American harpsichordist, organist, conductor and educator. He began his musical education as a chorister at Washington National Cathedral, studying the organ there with Paul Callaway. After attending Johns Hopkins University he continued his education at Yale, studying the harpsichord with Ralph Kirkpatrick and theory with Hindemith, receiving the MMus degree in 1954. After research in French Baroque keyboard music in Paris on a Ditson Fellowship, he returned to New York, where he made his début as a harpsichordist in 1957. European concert appearances followed in 1959, since when he has made frequent tours in North America and Europe as soloist and chamber musician. His extensive repertory encompasses the major styles and national schools of the 18th century, with particular emphasis on French music and the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, and he has edited the Pièces de clavecin of Gaspard Le Roux. His performing style is clear, precise and colourful within the limitations of the classical harpsichord. In 1964 he was appointed professor of harpsichord at the Juilliard School of Music, later joining the organ faculty and coaching chamber music. He has also taught at the Yale School of Music (1977–80). Fuller has conducted operas by Handel and Rameau, including the first American production of Dardanus (1975), and has made many recordings of 18th-century harpsichord music.

Schott, Howard: 'Albert Fuller', Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed [20 September 2007]),