David Cates, harpsichord

Monday, April 29, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Photo of David Cates with his arms folded
American harpsichordist David Cates performs works of William Byrd. Cates' solo recordings on the Wildboar and Music and Arts labels of J.S. Bach and Johann Jacob Froberger have been met with widespread critical acclaim. The Classical Music Listener's Companion calls Cates one of the 20 most important harpsichordists available on recordings today, "an unusual interpreter" and an "outstanding talent." Free.
Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
School of Music
School of Music
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Originally from New York, Cates studied piano, counterpoint and music theory at University of Chicago with Easley Blackwood and piano in New York with Jacob Lateiner. He has performed music of Charles Ives, Messiaen, Debussy, John Cage, Schubert and others, as well as leading a modern jazz improvisation ensemble. He began playing the harpsichord in 1990. Though largely self-taught on the harpsichord Cates has studied privately with Skip Sempe, Edward Parmentier and Roger Goodman.

Cates’ recording of Bach’s French Suites won several recording of the year awards, including one from MusicWeb International. Based in Northern California, he performs both internationally and within the U.S.