Award-winning early keyboard specialist and director Adam Pearl is in demand as a performer of both solo and ensemble music. He has performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe, South America, and Asia. Pearl has been principal harpsichordist for Philadelphia’s baroque orchestra, Tempest di Mare, since 2005. He also performs with ensembles such as Chatham Baroque, the Folger Consort, the Catacoustic Consort, the American Bach Soloists, the Bach Sinfonia, Modern Musick, and various modern symphony orchestras. He has recorded on the Chandos, Dorian, and Plectra labels.
A lover of Baroque opera, Pearl has directed numerous productions with American Opera Theater and Peabody Chamber Opera. From the keyboard, he has led performances of Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Cavalli’s La Calisto and La Didone, Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Charpentier’s David et Jonathas, and Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Giulio Cesare and fully staged productions of Messiah and Jephtha.
Pearl is a member of the Historical Performance faculty at the Peabody Conservatory. His duties include teaching harpsichord, coaching ensembles, vocal coaching, teaching classes in continuo, baroque ornamentation, harpsichord tuning, and harpsichord literature. He directs the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble’s singers and directs Baroque opera productions. He also has taught at various early music workshops, including the Amherst Early Music Festival, the Madison Early Music Festival, and the Rocky Ridge Music Festival.
Pearl holds the degrees of BM in piano performance and both MM and DMA in harpsichord performance, all from the Peabody Conservatory. His doctoral research was an exploration of the links between rhetoric, declamation, and the harpsichord music of the French Baroque. He is a laureate of the 2001 Jurow and 2004 Bruges international harpsichord competitions.