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A native Seattle, Washington, David Yearsley was educated at Harvard and studied the organ with Edward Hansen, Christa Rakich, William Porter, Harald Vogel and Kimberly Marshall.  He is the winner of numerous prizes at national and international competitions; in 1992 he was awarded the top prize at the International Schnitger Organ Competition, held on the famous historic instruments of Norden, Germany and Groningen and Alkmaar in the Netherlands, and in 1994 he won first prize at the Bruges early Music Festival.  The same year at Bruges he received first prize for positiv organ duo along with Annette Richards.

 Active also as a clavichordist, Mr. Yearsley holds a Ph.D. in music history from Stanford University, and divides his energies among performing, teaching, and writing; his scholarly work focuses on late 17th and early 18th century music and has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society and Music and Letters.  He is currently assistant professor of music at Cornell University.
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In Dialogue, v.1 - Robert Bates - David Yearsley Music of a Father Son - David Yearsley The Great Contest - David Yearsley
Two extraordinary organists playing two extraordinary organs in dialogue might seem an over-abundance of riches. Yet it is possible that the great organists of earlier times enjoyed responding to each other across vast spaces. This new recording, which includes compositions by six masters of the North German School, recreates this sound and ambience using two mean-tone organs in Stanford's Memorial Church. First-prize winner at the 1994 Bruges Early Music Festival, David Yearsley performs music of the Strungk family, an astonishing collection of previously unrecorded 17th-century masterpieces.  World premier recordings! What if the greatest keyboard players of the first half of the eighteenth century, Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel--all born the same year--had met in a contest pitting their devastating technical brilliance and quickness of invention each against the other? This recording imagines these three remarkable musicians competing on that most celestial of instruments, the organ; the organ being the large Fisk-Nanney at Stanford Memorial Church.