Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival

Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival


Bradley LehmanBrad Lehman did his graduate work in music at the University of Michigan. There he earned master's degrees in early keyboard instruments and musicology, and a doctorate in harpsichord. His teachers included Edward Parmentier, Penelope Crawford, and James Kibbie. He has worked closely with Baroque specialists Enid Sutherland, Jaap Schroeder, David Sariti, and with singer Norma Gentile and trumpeter Martin Hodel.

Dr. Lehman's repertoire spans most of the solo keyboard literature from 1500 to 1775, plus Renaissance and Baroque ensemble music and some modern works. He is particularly interested in historical styles, unequal temperaments, transcriptions, and directness of expression through musical rhetoric.

In addition to his concert work in North America, Germany, and Costa Rica, he has served several congregations as organist and music leader. His musical activities include various performances on harpsichord, organ, clavichord, virginal, fortepiano, and piano, composition of hymns and keyboard music, continuo work, and collecting and producing recordings.

As a musicologist, Dr. Lehman's major achievement has been the discovery of a keyboard temperament believed to have been Johann Sebastian Bach's own preference for the Well-Tempered Clavier. Details of this are published in Early Music (Oxford University Press, 2005), and available through

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