On the evening of Sunday, February 27, we will continue our musical celebration of our 125th anniversary with a concert given by Gavin Black, a musician who grew up in the neighborhood of First Presbyterian Church New Haven, and who is now a prominent harpsichordist and organist in Princeton.
Gavin is the Director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center, and he is known for his recordings of seventeenth-century keyboard music on the PGM label. He studied organ and harpsichord with Paul Jordan and Eugene Roan, and conducting with Jahja Ling and Otto-Werner Mueller, and attended Princeton University and Westminster Choir College. He served as Associate University Organist at Princeton from 1977 to 1979, while a student there, and was Organist and Senior Choir Director at Hillsborough Reformed Church, Millstone, New Jersey, from 1988 until 1994. He has been a teacher of organ, harpsichord, clavichord and continuo-playing since 1979, teaching from also at Westminster Choir College and at the Westminster Conservatory of Music.
As a performer, Gavin Black has focused on 17th-century keyboard music, especially music of Dutch, German, or Italian origin, and on the organ music of Bach, which he has performed in its entirety. In the year 2002 he performed Bach’s Art of the Fugue on the new organ at the Princeton Theological Seminary, and elsewhere. His recording of harpsichord music of Sweelinck, played on a Philip Tyre copy of a Ruckers transposing double, was recently released by Centaur Records.