Alissa Duryee

Alissa is a multifaceted keyboard player who holds degrees in modern piano (Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris), harpsichord/fortepiano (CRR de Paris) and organ (CRD de Chartres).

As a performer, she interprets many repertoires, with a proclivity for lesser-known works. She performs works spanning from the Baroque period to today, with forays into non-classical styles. Recent projects include the recording “An das Klavier”, a solo program of European and Moravian works played on the Meerbach clavichord held at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.

As a continuist, she has appeared with such ensembles as La Fenice (Jean Tubéry) and Opera Fuoco (David Stern). As a performer, Alissa appears in recital (Boston Clavichord Society, Les Journées Lyriques, Les Clavecins de Chartres…) and in various chamber music projects. She thrives on collaboration with dancers, composers, and musical theater (Compagnie du fils du Grand Réseau, Pierre Guillois). Since 2013, she has been the organizer of an annual weekend of keyboard masterclasses and concerts, with fortepianists Bart van Oort and Petra Somlai.

Her work with early keyboards (both on the instrumental and cultural levels) informs her work as a composer: she devotes herself almost completely to these instruments. Her piece “Forager’s Journal” for clavichord was awarded the second prize in the International Clavichord Composition Competition of the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in 2018. She was awarded the 2021 Judith Lang Zaimont prize for her piano pieces.

Her creative work is underwritten by the Conseil Départemental de l’Eure et Loir and the Région Centre. Alissa is Professeur d’Enseignement Artistique and codirector of the Conservatory in Dreux, France.

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