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[Photo of Ed Kottick]Welcome to my web site. Let me tell you a little about myself. I'm a musicologist, retired from the University of Iowa in 1992. Until recently, and for more than 25 years, the history and technology of the harpsichord was the object of my scholarly attention. I've written a number of articles and reviews on this topic, and presented papers on early keyboard matters at many scholarly conferences. For almost 15 years I was also involved in acoustical research on the harpsichord, and have done articles and presentations on that subject as well. I've written seven books, three of which deal with the harpsichord. With the publication of my penultimate book, A HISTORY OF THE HARPSICHORD, I ended my active scholarly engagement with the instrument. Although I am no longer doing research, I am still called on to write reviews and to give an occasional lecture. Harpsichord building paralleled my scholarly interest, and as an agent of Zuckermann Harpsichords International, I have been making harpsichords and clavichords (and a few fortepianos) since the early 1960s. I have just finished building my 54th harpsichord, a Logan bentside spinet.

On this web site you'll find some details about my research, teaching, lectures, harpsichord building, and my general involvement with early keyboard instruments. I'll also tell you a little about my current involvement with musical theater and the trombone. Enjoy the surf and please come back to visit!

Ed Kottick
502 Larch Lane    Iowa City, IA 52245
Phone: 319.337.3770 (H) — 319.321.7604 (C)