2020 Conference


Ninth Annual Meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America

Schubert Club/landmark center

st. paul, Minnesota usa

beethoven and the spirit of innovation

a 250th birthday celebration


ninth mae and irving jurow international harpsichord competition

Make your plans now to attend the ninth annual meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) as we celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, and other composers throughout music history who have explored paths of innovation, as well as the early keyboards that accompanied them along the journey.  Hosted by The Schubert Club, housed in the historic Landmark Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, the 3-1/2 days of events (Wednesday afternoon through Saturday evening, August 5-8, 2020) include: 

Kenneth Drake  – Aug. 5 Keynote address: “There and Back with a Sibling of Beethoven’s Broadwood” 

Luisa Morales – Aug. 5 Presentation and Masterclass: “Dancing Scarlatti”

SPECIAL HONORED GUEST PRESENTERS: Malcom Bilson and Richard Fuller


Wednesday, August 5, 8 – 9:30 pm
Jacques Ogg, harpsichord & Jaap ter Linden, violoncello/viola da gamba
Our opening night concert features two internationally renowned artists, Jacques Ogg and Jaap ter Linden, in recital. Their program includes sonatas by Georg Philipp Telemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach for viola da gamba and harpsichord, solo harpsichord works by François Couperin, and the Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Thursday, August 6, 8 – 9:30 pm
Asako Hirabayashi, harpsichord & Gail Olszewski, fortepiano, with Natsuki Kumagai, violin.
HKSNA 2020 Conference co-chairs Asako Hirabayashi and Gail Olszewski present the world-premiere of a duo for fortepiano and harpsichord newly written by Asako Hirabayashi, along with solo piano works by Sibelius, Hannikainen, and other Finnish masters. Violinist Natsuki Kumagai joins them in Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 23, and Hirabayashi’s Fandango, Vocalise, and Street Music for violin and harpsichord.

Friday, August 7, 8 – 9:30 pm
Peter Sykes, harpsichord, and Elisabeth Wright, harpsichord
To be announced later
Saturday, August 8, 7 – 9:15 pm
Jurow Harpsichord Competition Finals: Concertos with Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Jacques Ogg, conductor


*Finalists of the Ninth Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Harpsichord Concertos in D Major, BWV 1054, and G minor, BWV 1058, with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Jacques Ogg. 

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: the Schubert Club’s instrument collection, paper presentations, lecture-recitals, mini-recitals, instrument exhibits.  All events will take place at the Landmark Center, except for Saturday’s banquet/meeting and final concert at Sundin Hall, Hamline University, St. Paul.


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