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date: 21 November 2019

Herz, Eric locked

  • Maribel Meisel
  • , revised by Edward L. Kottick

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(b Cologne, Germany, Dec 10, 1919; d Barton, VT, May 25, 2002). Keyboard instrument maker of German birth. In 1938 he moved to Israel, where he trained as a cabinetmaker (1939–42) and graduated from the Jerusalem Conservatory of Music (1942). He was a bandsman for the British army (1942–5) and then became a flutist in the Israel PO (1946–52). He immigrated to the United States in 1952 and for a short time was a piano technician for the Baldwin company and concert tuner for Claudio Arrau. From 1952 to 1954 Herz was associated with the harpsichord makers Frank Hubbard and William Dowd, and then set up his own workshop in Harvard, Massachusetts. In 1964, as Eric Herz Harpsichords, Inc., the business moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. For a brief period during the 1960s Herz was a consultant for the Cannon Guild, an ill-fated attempt at commercial harpsichord production....

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