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date: 22 November 2019

Potvlieghe, Joris locked

  • Anne Beetem Acker


(b Brussels, Belgium, Aug 17, 1967). Belgian clavichord and organ maker. The son of the organ and clavichord maker Ghislain Potvlieghe, Joris grew up in his father’s workshop. He built his first clavichord at the age of 17, inspired by the work of Friederici. That instrument was given its début by Jos Van Immerseel at the University of Leuven, where Potvlieghe also studied musicology for several years. During this time his father put him in contact with the Amsterdam harpsichord and piano builder Jan Van den Hemel, with whom he continued to study original instruments in German museums. In 1989 he completed training in keyboard performance at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. That same year the Belgian magazine Knack included him in recognition of ‘Young Talent in Belgium’, and he established himself as a keyboard instrument builder working in an area of his father’s workshop.

In 1990 he became completely independent and moved his workshop to Tollembeek where he has built clavichords for performers including Gustav Leonhardt, Jos Van Immerseel, Miklós Spányi, András Schiff, Tom Beghin, and Michel Kiener. In ...

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