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Annette Richards

Annette Richards divides her time between musical scholarship and performance. Born in London, Annette holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where she served as organ scholar. In 1991 she received the prestigious Performer's Degree in Organ from the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam, and four years later the PhD in musicology from Stanford University (California).

A specialist in music of the Italian and North German Baroque, Annette has performed on numerous historic and modern instruments in the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Spain, Germany, and the United States. She also regularly performs music from the virtuosic nineteenth- and twentieth-century repertories. Her CD recording Melchior Schildt and the North German Organ Art, recorded on the historic organ at Roskilde Cathderal, Denmark, is forthcoming from Loft Records.

Annette’s current projects include a recording of the complete organ music of C. P. E. Bach, including the little-known fugues, and chorale settings, as well as a book on the musical Gothic, tentatively titled Music on the Dark Side of 1800. Annette is a professor of music at Cornell and university organist.