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NASA VISIBLE EARTH

2017
  • Nigel Kennedy’s The New Four Seasons in Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Solo ABC Classics recording by Erin Helyard playing Handel and Babbel on the 1773 Kirckman.
  • Sole Australian appearance of Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini performing Montverdi’s L’Orfeo for Adelaide Festival.
  • Asian maintenance tour visiting Bangkok—including concert & masterclass with Michele Benuzzi—& Singapore.
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2016
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2015
  • Hobart Baroque festival moved north to become Brisbane Baroque.
  • Visits to Sydney by Tafelmusik and Les Arts Florissants.
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra / Richard Tognetti The Four Seasons tour & reprise at year end.
  • Contributor to second edition of Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments ISBN 978 0 19 974339 1.
  • First concert in Joyce DiDonato’s Drama Queens Asian tour with Il Pomo d’oro at Royal Opera House Muscat.
  • Annual maintenance tour, visiting Muscat, Bangkok, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Seoul, Hong Kong & Singapore.
  • Two performances of Haydn’s Creation with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Twelve-concert tour in June with Richard Egarr directing the Australian Chamber Orchestra from 2003 Ruckers Double harpsichord & fortepiano.
  • Two matching Grimaldis (1990 & 1995) used for Pinchgut Opera’s midyear production of Vivaldi’s Bajazet.
  • Seventeenth year as harpsichord technician at Carmel Bach Festival.
  • Opening of the Scotch College Melbourne Ruckers Double harpsichord.
  • Return visit to Shanghai for the Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music & Music China exhibition.
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2014
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2013
  • Early keyboard instruments make a welcome return to Sydney Festival with eleven performances.
  • Classical music meets breakdance with four sellout Sydney performances of Red Bull’s Flying Bach Tour—and another four in Melbourne.
  • Inaugural performance on the Royal Opera House Muscat Ruckers Double harpsichord by Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
  • First Hobart Baroque festival.
  • Maintenance tour, visiting Taipei, Kaohsiung, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur & onwards.
  • Inaugural performance on the Pymble Ladies’ College Ruckers Double harpsichord with Paul Dyer AO.
  • Fifteenth year as harpsichord technician at Carmel Bach Festival.
  • Orfeo, crossing the Ganges for Akadêmia in New Delhi.
  • Special visit to Shanghai for the Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
  • Debut of the restored 1773 Kirckman harpsichord by Richard Egarr leading the Academy of Ancient Music on their Australian tour for Musica Viva.
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2012
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2011
  • YouTube Symphony String Concert.
  • Twenty-fifth year providing the early keyboard needs for Opera Australia.
  • First visit to Muscat, Oman.
  • @hpschdnu established on Twitter.
  • Maintenance tour visiting Seoul, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok & onwards.
  • Christophe Rousset solo recitals sold out in Tokyo & Osaka for East Japan Earthquake Benefit.
  • Maintenance visit to Helsinki & Paris.
  • Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition.
  • Maintenance visit to San Juan & Honolulu.
  • Carmel Bach Festival.
  • QANTAS Lifetime Gold Frequent Flyer.
  • Maintenance visit to Papeete & Auckland.
  • Regular maintenance in Singapore en route to Greenwich International Festival and Exhibition of Early Music.
  • 2000 Ruckers Single used for LG 3D TV commercial.
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2010

  • Maintenance tour to Singapore & onwards.
  • Harpsichord preparation in Shenzen for Trevor Pinnock concert with Emmanuel Pahud & Jonathan Manson.
  • Invitation to Shanghai to assist musicians of the The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.
  • Maintenance in Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Seoul, Tokyo, Honolulu & Anchorage.
  • Carmel Bach Festival.
  • Festival van Vlaanderen Brugge, including Béatrice Martin solo recital.
  • Collaboration with acoustician Neville Fletcher to co-author “Harpsichord and Clavichord” chapter for Thomas Rossing’s The Science of String Instruments ISBN 978 1 4419 7109 8.
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2009
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2008

  • First soundboard painting of Australian flowers and fruits rendered in the style of early Ioannes Ruckers by Diana Ford.
  • Harpsichord supplied for Nigel Kennedy tour with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
  • Maintenance in Singapore & Hong Kong.
  • Recognition of tenth year as keyboard technician at Carmel Bach Festival.
  • Shooting for Intermezzo Number 1, a short portrait documentary by Douglas Mueller subsequently shown at Nashville Film Festival and Ozark Foothills Film Festival.
  • Maintenance in Honolulu.
  • Regular maintenance in Singapore en route to Greenwich International Festival and Exhibition of Early Music.
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2007
  • Yamanashi Kofu Harpsichord Contest & Exhibition.
  • Maintenance tour visiting Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Penang, Singapore, Bangkok, Helsinki, Paris, Cairo & onwards.
  • Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition.
  • Visited Mexico City & San Diego.
  • Carmel Bach Festival.
  • YouTube hpschdnu channel established.
  • Maintenance visit to Honolulu.
  • Maintenance in Darwin to coincide with visit by Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
  • Regular maintenance in Singapore en route to Greenwich International Festival and Exhibition of Early Music.
  • First year providing early keyboard needs for Pinchgut Opera.
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2006
  • Concerts with Collegium Vocale Ghent at Singapore National Arts Festival.
  • Carmel Bach Festival.
  • Maintenance in Honolulu.
  • Music China exhibition in Shanghai.
  • Regular maintenance in Singapore en route to Greenwich International Festival and Exhibition of Early Music.
  • Invitation to Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow.
  • Neapolitan harpsichord sent to Thursday Island for Vast Productions film 4.
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2005
  • Yamanashi Kofu Harpsichord Contest & Exhibition.
  • Maintenance tour visiting Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Penang, Singapore, Bangkok, Helsinki, Milan, Florence, Paris, Istanbul, London, Dublin & onwards.
  • Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition.
  • Maintenance in San Juan & San Diego.
  • Carmel Bach Festival.
  • Maintenance in Honolulu.
  • Regular maintenance in Singapore en route to Greenwich International Festival and Exhibition of Early Music.
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2004
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2003
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2002
  • Colin van der Lecq internship.
  • Le Pupitre harpsichord editions made available worldwide.
  • Carmel Bach Festival.
  • Maintenance in Honolulu.
  • Maintenance tour visiting Berlin (Berliner Tage für Alte Musik), Paris, London (London International Exhibition of Early Music), Helsinki & Singapore.
  • First fully imported entry-level instruments from Atelier Marc Ducornet.
  • Portrait painted by Judith Johnson.
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2001
  • Yamanashi Kofu Harpsichord Contest & Exhibition.
  • Maintenance tour visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Daegu, Seoul, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok, Helsinki, Stockstädt (Stockstädter Musiktage), Paris, London & onwards.
  • Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition.
  • Carmel Bach Festival.
  • Maintenance in Honolulu.
  • Daniel Johns used 2000 Ruckers Single for Across the Night, first track on silverchair’s Diorama recording.
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2000
  • Chris Berensen for Work Experience.
  • Carmel Bach Festival.
  • Maintenance tour visiting Singapore, Paris, Berlin (Berliner Tage für Alte Musik), Hamburg, Leiden, London (London International Exhibition of Early Music), Paris & Milan.
  • Presented maintenance course over several days for Master’s degree harpsichord students at Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.
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1999
  • Bamboo Organ Festival, Manila.
  • Yamanashi Kofu Harpsichord Contest & Exhibition.
  • Maintenance tour visiting Osaka, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai, London, Paris & onwards.
  • Four performances with Opera Atelier at Singapore National Arts Festival.
  • Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition.
  • Establishment of THE PARIS WORKSHOP: Continued collaboration with Marc Ducornet.
  • First construction manual written, for builders of our TPW Delin spinet.
  • Visit to Toronto & Vancouver.
  • First season as early keyboard technician at Carmel Bach Festival.
  • Maintenance in Honolulu and visited Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch on return to Sydney.
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1998
  • hpschd.nu domain registered.
  • Sell-out solo Rameau program in Government House for Sydney Festival by Christophe Rousset on the 1991 French Double.
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1997
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1996
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1995
  • First visit to Japan for Yamanashi Kofu Harpsichord Contest & Exhibition & invitation to inspect the new Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments.
  • Visit to Auckland en route to Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition.
  • Met with colleagues in San Francisco, Boston & New York.
  • Prolonged sojourn in Stonington, London & Paris followed by Festival van Vlaanderen Brugge.
  • Extended maintenance visit to Bangkok, Singapore & Hong Kong.
  • CBH website established.
  • Restoration of typhoon-damaged Rädecker & Lunau Square Pianoforte c1832 from Hong Kong.
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1994
  • Ton Koopman visit with Australian Chamber Orchestra.
  • Extended maintenance visit to Hong Kong, where two workshops were run.
  • First visit to Taiwan.
  • First visit to mainland China in response to invitations from the Xi’an Conservatory of Music and Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
  • Maintenance visit to Singapore & Papua New Guinea.
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1993
  • One month residency at Hong Kong University.
  • Prepared Kirkpatrick’s 1966 Dowd for Colin Tilney recital in Hong Kong.
  • Instrument featured in Stirling Macoboy’s book Macoboy’s Roses.
  • Met with colleagues in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Iowa City, Charlotte & Charleston en route to Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition.
  • Extended sojourn in Stonington, London and Paris.
  • Met with clients in Singapore.
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1992
  • Performances by visiting Bolivian harpsichordist Teresa Laredo.
  • Three operas in Sydney for The Australian Opera.
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1991
  • Almost-new 1990 Grimaldi chosen by Christopher Hogwood for The Australian Opera’s production of La clemenza di Tito.
  • Met with colleagues in Honolulu, San Francisco, Denver, San Antonio & New York en route to Boston Early Music Festival and Exhibition.
  • Fifth intensive study period at Stonington workshop, mounting a French Double.
  • Prolonged visits with associates in London & Paris.
  • First overseas commission, Large Clavichord for a private owner then resident in Hong Kong.
  • First maintenance visit to Hong Kong.
  • First Australian harpsichordist on CD: “Ayers Barock” track for didjeridu & harpsichord included on Australian Made… Australian Played… OZM1008.
  • Tenth CBH Open Weekend, a National Arts Week event.
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1990
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1989
  • Workshop moved to brand new 150m2 premises in Peakhurst with showroom & mezzanine office.
  • Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition.
  • Met with colleagues in San Francisco, Boston & New York.
  • Fourth intensive study period at Stonington workshop.
  • Prolonged visits with associates in London & Paris.
  • Preliminary visit to Bangkok & Singapore.
  • Flightcase commissioned.
  • First harpsichord maker in the world with a mobile phone.
  • First year providing early keyboard services to Australian Chamber Orchestra.
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1988
  • TV commercial for Tudor watches in two languages for Hong Kong release.
  • Instrument on show at World Expo, Brisbane.
  • Four operas using harpsichord in The Australian Opera season for the Australian Bicentenary year.
  • First harpsichord maker in the world with a fax machine.
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1987
  • Abandoned dual instrument making/performing career to concentrate on harpsichord making.
  • Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition.
  • Met with colleagues in Boston & New York.
  • Repeat invitation to be tuner/technician for Malcolm Bilson’s Fortepiano Summer School at Cornell University, NY.
  • Third intensive study period at Stonington workshop, building Flemish Double.
  • Prolonged visits with associates in London & Paris.
  • Investigated museum collections in London, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Marseilles, Florence, Rome, Naples, Milan, Paris, Chartres & Johannesburg.
  • Met with colleagues and clients in Cape Town, Johannesburg & Harare.
  • Instrument appeared in ABC-Revcom production of Captain James Cook mini-series.
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1986
  • First season providing the early keyboard needs for The Australian Opera.
  • Clavecin by Candlelight recitals in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney & Melbourne: First for Australian harpsichordist playing same program on same instrument in four cities.
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1985
  • Instrument List service established.
  • Tuner/Technician for Malcolm Bilson’s Fortepiano Summer School at Cornell University, NY.
  • Second intensive study period at Stonington workshop.
  • Perused museum collections in Boston, New York, Washington DC & New Haven.
  • First visit to Europe to peruse museum collections in London, Edinburgh, Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Nuremburg, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Milan, Zurich, Geneva & Paris.
  • Prolonged stays with associates in London & Paris.
  • Appearance in two TV commercials for Marshall Cavendish Great Composers series, including Beethoven composing at the fortepiano.
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1984
  • Appearance in TV commercial playing 1983 Flemish Single for Philips Stereo Video.
  • Three-city piano history lecture tour with Maribel Meisel.
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1983
  • Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition.
  • Met with colleagues in Boston, New York, Washington DC & Los Angeles.
  • First intensive study period with David Jacques Way at Stonington Connecticut workshop, building Flemish Single.
  • Investigated original instruments in museum collections in Boston, New Haven, New York & Washington DC.
  • Accredited Harpsichord Teacher by NSW Conservatorium.
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1982
  • First BMus Harpsichord major to graduate from NSW Conservatorium, along with Paul Dyer and Denise Patton.
  • Harpsichord performance diploma: Fellow of Trinity College London (FTCL).
  • Took over THE HARPSICHORD CENTRE as owner retired from Canberra to return to UK.
  • Appointed youngest ever International agent for Zuckermann Harpsichords Inc.
  • First commission, French Double Harpsichord for Canberra School of Music.
  • Joined Australian Association of Musical Instrument Makers.
  • First issue of Harpsichord News Brief.
  • First CBH Annual Open Weekend.
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1981
  • Carey Beebe Harpsichords business name registered.
  • Commenced tuning professionally for NSW Conservatorium of Music.
  • Harpsichord performance diploma: Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL).
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1980
  • Completed first harpsichord with father, Zuckermann French Double IV with wooden jacks and crow-quill plectra.
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1979
  • Admitted to Bachelor of Music course at NSW Conservatorium of Music as Piano major, studying with Head of Keyboard Department, Gordon Watson.
  • Organ study with Christa & David Rumsey.
  • Changed major to harpsichord at end of first semester for study with Robert Goode.
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1978
  • Awarded piano performance diploma in final year of high school: Associate of Music Australia with Distinction (AMusA).
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