fitch francesFrances Conover Fitch has performed extensively in North America and Europe, and recorded for Swiss, German, Dutch, and French National Radio as well as for the BBC and NPR. Her ground-breaking ensemble, Concerto Castello, won critical acclaim as well an Honorable Mention in the Deutsche Schallplatten Preis of 1983. A particularly sensitive and inventive continuo player, she has worked and played with Spiritus Collective, Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music, Aston Magna, Boston Cecilia, Handel and Haydn Society, Concerto Palatino, and the Boston Camerata, among others. Ms. Fitch has participated in major music festivals, including the Gilmore Festival, the Festival d'Art Lyrique/Aix-en-Provence, Pepsico Summerfare, Tanglewood, Boston Early Music Festival, Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg), the Castle Hill Festival and the Festival de Musica Antigua in Mexico City, where she also gave master classes at the National Conservatory. She has over twenty solo and ensemble recordings on the EMI-Reflexe, Titanic, Harmonia Mundi, Nonesuch, Centaur, Koch International and Wild Boar labels. Ms. Fitch teaches at Tufts University and The England Conservatory of Music and for many years was Chair of the Early Music Department at the Longy School of Music, teaching harpsichord, organ, chamber music, figured bass improvisation and bibliographic research. She has also served on the faculties of Wellesley College and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and recently completed a semester as Guest Professor in Performing Arts at Ferris University in Yokohama, Japan. Ms. Fitch has degrees from Bard College and New England Conservatory, and pursued studies with Gustav Leonhardt and Veronika Hampe at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. Her playing has been praised as “perceptive”, “stylish” and “spectacular”, and noted for its “precision and delicacy of wit”.

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