Samuel Baron Prize
2011, Gabriel Shuford, harpsichord
Harpsichordist and pianist, Gabriel Shuford is proficient in a wide-range of styles, from historical performance, to concert music of the twenty-first century, to jazz and blues. He performs throughout North America and is the recipient of several awards, including the 2011 Baron Prize from Stony Brook University, and top-prize at the 2007 Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition.
Shuford performs regularly with the acclaimed Austin-based group, Fleur de Lys, as well as New York-based, Guido’s Ear. He has also been a guest of prestigious ensembles including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, A Far Cry, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. He collaborates regularly with violinist Kathleen Kajioka, double bassist Nicholas Walker, saxophonist Lars Jacobsen, and has appeared in recital with recorder player Paul Leenhouts at Jordan Hall in Boston. He was a member of the group Stolen Shack, whose eclectic blend of bluegrass, pop, and early music was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered. The New York Times called his performance of Elliot Carter’s Sonata, with the acclaimed new music ensemble Speculum Musicae, “assured, polished and beautifully nuanced.”
During 2009-2010 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He resides in New York City where he serves on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College. Shuford holds a Doctorate in harpsichord from Stony Brook University.