Hapsichord Music of the Baroque and early Classic Periode
Klaus-Aymar de la Beaujardière was born in 1960 of a German-French family. At the age of 8 years he began to play the piano. After completing his secondary education in 1980, he attended lessons in tone composition, basso continuo and piano under the tuition of the composer Reinhold Weber at the Baden Conservatory in Karlsruhe.In 1984 he began his degree at the Robert-Schumann-Musical High School in Düsseldorf under the tuition of Professor Günther Becker for Composition and for the harpsichord Prof.Dr. Werner Smigelski. He finished the Degree in 1988/89 with the state examination resulting in a diploma in the harpsichord.He has been a free-lancing harpsichordist since then, performing in numerous solo concerts in various cities. In 1995 he made his first appearance in a series of Aton-concerts in Düsseldorf.In his recitals he draws attention to an uncompromising individualinterpretation, where the passion and overflowing vertuosity submits to a very finely developed sence of form.
His repertoire concentrates upon pieces for the harpsichord solos originating from the 18 hundreds: The later French suite (Francois Couperin, Jean Philippe Rameau, Nicolas Pancrace Royer, Jaques Duphly, Claude-Bénigne Balbastre), selected compositions from Domenico Scarlatti and Johann Sebastian Bach as well as Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (Württemberg Sonatas and collections for connoiseurs and lovers), Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (a collection of middle and late sonatas).Four CD’s are already available; K.-A. de la Beaujardière playing out of his repertoire.The instrument used mostly for the concerts and recordings has two keyboards each with five octaves. It is a copy based on the original wich stands in the Castle Sondershausen in Thüringen. The original was created at the beginning of the 18 hundreds by the „piano maker“ Johann Heinrich Harras. He originated from a family of harpsichord builders from Großbreitenbach in Thüringen.