Brauchli, Bernard


Instruments Played
Harpsichord, Organ, Fortepiano, Clavichord

Personal Summary / Bio

Since his first clavichord performance in Fribourg (Switzerland) in 1972, Bernard Brauchli has entirely devoted himself to the perform­ance, study and revival of early keyboard instruments. He has travelled extensively with his instruments in the United States, Canada and Europe, concertizing, lecturing and introducing audiences to early keyboard instruments and historical performance practises.

Major appearances have included the Boston Early Music Festival, the Shrine to Music Concert Series (South Dakota), the Festivals of Santander and San Sebastian (Spain), the Festival do Algarve, (Portugal), the Salzburg Festival and the Internationale Musikwochen in Millstadt (Austria), the Festival of Valère (Switzerland), the Corso Internazionale di Musica Antica in Urbino and the Festival dei Saraceni in Pamparato (Italy). He has worked with national television and broadcasting stations in many countries including WGBH National Public Radio Network in Boston, France-Culture, Radio Nacional y Televisión Española, Radio Nacional y Televisión de VenezuelaRadio Difusão Portuguesa and Radio Suisse Romande. Bernard Brauchli has made four record albums and seven compact discs (for Titanic Records, EMI, Stradivarius, Dargil, and MAM) on historical instruments andcopies.

Continual research has led Bernard Brauchli to publish numerous articles on both sides of the Atlantic and hisbook, ‘The Clavichord’ was published by Cambridge University Press in 1998 (2ndedition 2000, paperback 2005). In 1983 he was awarded the Julius Adams Stratton Prize for Cultural Achievement, and the British Clavichord Society Award in2004.

From 1978 to 1982 Bernard Brauchli taught in theseries of early music courses at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and from 1983 to 1992 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, a position he relinquished to move back to Europe. His pedagogical interests continue, most notably with the Corsi di Musica Antica a Magnano which he founded in 1987. The International Centre forClavichord Studies (ICCS) is another branch of Musica Antica a Magnano, established in 1996 by Bernard Brauchli and Christopher Hogwood, after the success of the two first International Symposia on the Clavichord held in 1993 and 1995 in Magnano. These symposia are now held bi-annually, with the participation of over forty musicians, musicologists, museum conservators, and instrument builders and restorers, coming from Europe, the United States, South America, and Japan. The proceedings of these meetings (over 300 pages) are printed the following year and distributed all over the world.

Bernard Brauchli is an honorary life-time member of the Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society and a member of the Clavichord Genootschap in Holland. He is also amember of the artistic committee of the Festival International de l’Orgue Ancien de Valère (Switzerland), music director of the Cambridge Society forEarly Music (Boston), for which he served as president for many years and founded the series Chamber Music by Candlelight. He is the founder and director of the Festival Musica Antica a Magnano, and current president of the Swiss Clavichord Society which he founded in 1995.



Professional Performer or Semi-Pro Performer, Teacher/Professor, Early Music Administrator (agent, presenter, director), Publisher/Editor/Writer

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19a, avenue des cerisiers
PULLY, CH-1009
Switzerland (Confoederatio Helvetica)