Claude Mercier-Ythier is confirmed dead at the age of last.
Claude was best known as a French harpsichord maker.
Claude Mercier-Ythier
Born1931
Died3 July 2020(2020-07-03) (aged 88–89)
NationalityFrench
OccupationHarpsichord maker
Claude Mercier-Ythier (1931 – 3 July 2020) was a French harpsichord maker.
Biography
Mercier-Ythier was born into a family of cabinetmakers and engineers. He was passionate about music from a young age and built his first harpsichord in his garage at the age of 18 alongside his friends. After his studies at the Conservatoire de Toulon, he went to Bavaria to visit the house of Kurt Wittmayer, where he perfected his practice. He also worked for Johann Christoph Neupert and Pleyel et Cie.
In 1962, Mercier-Ythier opened his first boutique in Paris, specializing in the production of harpsichords. He was the first Frenchman since the reign of Louis XVI to specialize solely in harpsichord production.
Mercier-Ythier diversified his business, catering his harpsichords to businesses, theatres, and concert halls. The instruments have also appeared in over 50 films, including L'Allée du Roi and Brotherhood of the Wolf. After a 45-year career, Mercier-Ythier's harpsichords had appeared in over 9000 concerts and 700 recordings.
Books
Les clavecins (1996)
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