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Karen Glen, Harpsichordist

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Detailed Biography

Karen Glen - Harpsichordist

Karen Glen started out as a viola player and pianist reading French and Music at Southampton University and the University of Rouen. Studying in Paris she fell in love with the harpsichord and returned to pursue this, first with Virginia Pleasants, then at the Royal Academy of Music with Virginia Black and John Toll, and afterwards with Maggie Cole.

She works as a freelance continuo player with orchestras and choirs, both baroque and modern, in the UK and Europe and continues to do session work on piano, harpsichord and keyboards. She is also involved in music education; this includes private tuition, workshops and lecture recitals.

She is the harpsichordist with the Denner Ensemble and their first recording was released in October 2011.


“The Denner Ensemble produced playing of superb quality: impeccably balanced expressive and animated.”

“The highlight of this years festival (2009)” Festival Manager, Leicester Early Music Festival

“Harpsichordist Karen Glen did sterling work in the continuo department as well as an elegantly-phrased solo la dauphine ... A virtuoso tour de force ... Sparks really flew!” Jan 2010 Derby Chamber music

“The suite in E minor produced some of the finest playing from Karen Glen particularly in a carefully measured sarabande a positive flourish of a bouree and a lively gigue to finish.” Tudeley Festival

“Your recital at Marble Hill was quite splendid.” Geoffrey Noble, English Heritage

“Karen Glen played sensitively and responsively; she is a very good artist. Top class recital!” Marble Hill 2009.

“It was a quite wonderful musical evening ... Heartfelt music which you played so brilliantly.” David Head, Chichester Cathedral