Raymond Erickson

Raymond Erickson, Professor Emeritus of Music at CUNY's Queens College and The Graduate Center, is a scholar (Ph.D. Yale) and keyboardist. He has produced four books and numerous articles on topics as varied as computer applications in musicology, medieval music theory, Bach, Schubert, and historical performance practices. In recent years his principal focus has been Bach, and in 2011 he established at Queens College's Aaron Copland School of Music (of which he was the founding Director) the annual "Rethinking Bach: A Performers' Workshop" (rethinkingbach.com), which since 2014 has been held in Japan. Having performed as pianist and harpsichordist in in about thirty states and in Germany, Italy, and Austria, in 2014 he played the first solo harpsichord recitals in Beijing (Forbidden City Concert Hall) and Wuhan; he has been invited to return in 2017. An Honorary Member of Phi Beta Kappa, he has been decorated by the German government. For the past several years he has been giving courses in the Lifelong Learning Institute of Bard College; he has also taught at Rutgers, Juilliard, and the German universities of Freiburg and Leipzig. In 2006, he and his wife Carole De Saram bought the former Rhinecliff Riverside Methodist Church, which they have restored and renovated as their residence.