Alissa

Keyboardist Alissa Duryee began her musical studies by studying the piano with Donaldo Garcia at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. After earning her BA at Vassar College in 1997, she came to France where she became a piano student of Gérard Frémy and Guigla Katsarava.

Several years later, motivated by an interest in understand the history of keyboard instruments, she constructed a clavichord. In 2001, a grant from the Harriet Hale Woolley Foundation allowed her to pursue this project further by building a French double manual harpsichord after Hemsch. She then became a harpsichord student, first of Olivier Baumont, then of Noëlle Spieth and Frédéric Michel. She earned a 'Diplôme Supérieur d'Etudes Musicales' at the Conservatoire National de Region de Paris, in 2007. She studied the fortepiano with Bart van Oort, as well as following masterclasses with Jérôme Hantaï and Malcolm Bilson. She earned an organ diploma in the classe of Patrick Delabre, titular organist of the Chartres Cathedral.

She has completed residencies at such institutions as the Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada) and the Abbaye de Royaumont (France), and has been invited to festivals in France and North America (les Journées Lyriques, les Clavecins de Chartres, the Amherst Early Music Festival) as pianist and harpsichordist. She has performed as clavichordist for the Boston Clavichord Society and advocates for early keyboards in many educational contexts, particularly in an annual 'Rencontre de Pianoforte' that she has organized since 2012.

In 2010, she was the winner (with cellist Jérôme Huille) of the Concours Musique au Centre, which allowed the duo to complete a recording project retracing the history of cello and keyboard repertoire through the centuries.  Current projects include a recording using a historical clavichord situated in Bethlehem, PA, including contemporaneous repertoire by musicians active on the North American continent in the eighteenth century.

In addition to appearing regularly in concert as solist or member of various ensembles, she maintains a teaching career. Her pedagogical work strives to teach a broad spectrum of keyboard playing. She is the author of many pieces of music, mostly pedagogical in nature.

 

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