Frances Fitch


Frances Conover Fitch has toured extensively in North America and Europe, and recorded for Swiss, German, Dutch, and French National Radio as well as for the BBC and NPR. Her ground-breaking ensemble, Concerto Castello, won critical acclaim as well an Honorable Mention in the Deutsche Schallplatten Preis of 1983.Widely sought-after as a particularly sensitive and inventive continuo player, she has worked with ensembles such as The Newberry Consort, Spiritus Collective, Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music, Aston Magna, Boston Cecilia, Handel and Haydn Society, Concerto Palatino, the Boston Camerata and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.  
Ms. Fitch has presented numerous solo recitals, including at the Smithsonian Institution, the American Church in Paris, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and has participated in major music festivals such as the Gilmore Festival, the Festival d'Art Lyrique/Aix-en-Provence, Pepsico Summerfare, Tanglewood, Boston Early Music Festival, Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg), the Castle Hill Festival and the Festival de Musica Antigua in Mexico City, where she also gave master classes at the National Conservatory.  She has recordings on the EMI-Reflexe, Titanic, Harmonia Mundi, Koch International and Wild Boar labels, including her solo CD: “O Ye Tender Babes: English Virginal Music” (Wildboar) and a 2-CD release featuring the music of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre entitled “Protégée of the Sun King”(Centaur).
Ms. Fitch has taught at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and at Wellesley College, and is now on the faculty at Tufts University and The England Conservatory of Music. For nearly 30 years, she taught at the Longy School of Music, where she was Chair of the Early Music Department and instructor in harpsichord, organ, chamber music, figured bass improvisation and bibliographic research.  Ms. Fitch has degrees from Bard College and New England Conservatory, and pursued studies with Gustav Leonhardt and Veronika Hampe at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. Her playing has been praised as “delightful”, “perceptive”, “alluring”, “spirited”, “stylish” and “spectacular”, and noted for its “precision and delicacy of wit”.