Personal Summary / Bio
American harpsichordist John McKean encountered his instrument and the field of historical performance in his early youth. In addition to studies at the Oberlin Conservatory (Ohio, USA) and the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Germany), Mr. McKean has received instruction from some of the greatest modern masters of historical keyboards, including Jacques Ogg, Skip Sempé, Jesper Christensen, Mitzi Meyerson, and Gustav Leonhardt. He also holds a degree in German Studies from Oberlin College. He has performed throughout Europe and North America as both a soloist and as a member of numerous ensembles and baroque orchestras, including the Catacoustic Consort, Camerata Vocale Freiburg, Apollo’s Fire, and is a founding member of the Habsburger Camerata. Mr. McKean regularly collaborates with Andrew Arceci (viola da gamba), with whom he co-directs ensemble performances that have been hailed by critics as “detailed”, “beautifully balanced”, and “world class”. His musical expertise extends beyond the realm of performance to encompass music typesetting, musicology, and instrument building; he regularly performs on his own reconstruction of a 17th century Flemish harpsichord. Alongside his performing career, Mr. McKean is currently pursuing doctoral work in musicology at the University of Cambridge.