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Mariken Palmboom

From an early age, Dutch keyboard artist Mariken Palmboom was fascinated by the harpsichord. After studying piano for several years, at age 16 she turned her attention full time to her favorite instrument. She was educated in Holland at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, studying at the famous Early Music Department, where many pioneers of the period instrument movement were teaching. She received her Soloist Diploma in Harpsichord Performance, with Bob van Asperen as her main teacher, and in Baroque ensemble studies, with musicians such as the Kuijken brothers, Anner Bijlsma, and Frans Brüggen. She was invited to attend and participate in master classes with legendary harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt. At the Royal Flemish Conservatory, she did post-graduate work with Jos van Immerseel and earned the First Prize with Greatest Distinction. In 1986 she received a Special Award in the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, Belgium.

Mariken has performed as a soloist and continuo player in Europe and the U.S. and has participated in major Early Music Festivals, including Flanders, Utrecht, Berkeley, and Boston with such artists as Jos van Immerseel, Frans Brüggen, Jaap Schröder, and Marion Verbruggen. More recently she has given concerts with Jane Hershey, Dana Maiben, Anne Legêne, Alice Robbins, Tricia van Oers, Rodrigo Tarraza, and Emily Hale. Other recent performances include solo recitals for the Berkshire Bach Society, and, and an appearance with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. A Berkshires resident since 1997, she teaches keyboard instruments—both harpsichord and piano—to many students, young and old. On Sunday mornings you can hear her play the organ at the First Congregational Church in Worthington, MA. Her harpsichord was made by distinguished harpsichord builder Carl Dudash of Norfolk, CT, with whom she shares a longstanding friendship.