Rebecca Pechefsky - Harpsichord Recital
Well known in the New York area, Rebecca Pechefsky has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Morris-Jumel Mansion, where she and Brooklyn Baroque have performed in a yearly series. She has also been heard in the concert series of the Miami Bach Society, the Iowa Early Keyboard Society, Capriccio Baroque, and the Harpsichord Center in California, as well as in fringe concerts of the Boston Early Music Festival and the Berkeley Festival. Recent European engagements include recitals in Tallinn (Estonian Harpsichord Festival), London (Handel House), Milan (Sforza Castle), Bologna, Genoa, Amsterdam, Berlin, Basel, and Paris (Les Concerts dans les Copeaux).
Among her recordings for Quill Classics are the complete harpsichord music of François d’Agincour; Bach and His Circle (JPF Music Award, Best Classical Solo Album); Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, praised in Fanfare as “excellent to the highest degree”; and Johann Ludwig Krebs @ 300. As part of the Krebs 300th birthday celebrations in Germany, she was invited to perform in Zwickau and Altenburg in October 2013, and in November 2018 she participated in a marathon celebrating Couperin’s 350th birthday at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Also committed to contemporary music, she has premiered works by Beth Anderson, Mary Inwood, Mark Janello, Graham Lynch, Frank J. Oteri, Louis Pelosi, Johnny Reinhard, David Wechsler, and Ben Yarmolinsky, and can be heard along with Elaine Funaro and Beverly Biggs on Uno, Due, Tre: New Works for Harpsichord by Mark Janello and Edwin McLean.
Currently organist at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Glendale, Queens, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Erik Ryding, with whom she coauthored the award-winning biography Bruno Walter: A World Elsewhere. Rebecca graduated as a piano major from Juilliard’s Pre-College program before earning her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, followed by an MA in harpsichord from Queens College and an MPhil in musicology from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her piano teachers included Mary Turner, Dimitri Toufexis, and Seymour Lipkin; she later studied harpsichord with Louis Bagger, Kenneth Cooper, and Raymond Erickson, with master classes from Olivier Beaumont, Kenneth Gilbert, and Colin Tilney.
Her recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, appeared in November 2017. She is a founding member of Ensemble Luini, an ensemble dedicated to Renaissance music and featuring lute, recorder, and virginals, as a well as a member of fhe Baroque Virtuosity trio with violinist Kinga Augustyn and lutenist Christopher Morrongiello and the harpsichordist for Opera Essentia.