Personal Summary / Bio
Kevin Fryer is regarded as one of the leading harpsichord makers in North America. His interest in harpsichords began in 1980 when he built a kit instrument from Zuckermann Harpsichords Inc. In 1985 he became the Zuckerman agent for San Francisco. That same year Mr. Fryer began working with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra as their harpsichord technician. He has served as tuner /technician for Carmel Bach Festival, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera, SFEMS Early Music Workshops, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and has worked on many early music recording projects.
In 1991 Mr. Fryer left his association with Zuckerman Harpsichords Inc. to pursue building his own instruments based on historical designs. His primary focus has been on the Flemish school, building instruments after the 1638 Ioannes Ruckers, the 1645 Couchet in Edinburgh and the 1624 Ioannes Ruckers in Colmar France. He has also built instruments after the Vaudry 1681, the Donzelague 1711, and the anonymous “South German school” instrument in the collection at the Courthauld Institute in London.
In 2004 Mr. Fryer founded the Live at Mission Blue Concert series in Brisbane CA. Co-sponsored by the City of Brisbane and the Friends of the Brisbane Library this series brings international artists to the community of Brisbane at affordable ticket prices.
Mr. Fryer has served on the boards of the San Francisco Early Music Society and Early Music America.