David Yearsley was educated at Harvard College and Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in music history. He is author of the widely-praised Bach and the Meanings of Counterpoint (Cambridge, 2002) and Bach’s Feet: The Organ Pedals in European Culture (Cambridge, 2012), which received the Ogasapian Book Award from the Organ Historical Society. Among his honors as an organist are all major prizes at the Bruges Early Music Festival. He has been an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow at the Humboldt University in Berlin, a Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellow at the University of Gothenburg, and recipient of an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. His recordings include a double-CD album of J. S. Bach’s organ trio sonatas and Songs and Sonatas from Baroque London (with Martin Davids), both on the Musica Omnia label. Mr. Yearsley has been music critic for the Anderson Valley Advertiser for more than a quarter century; his weekly column can also be read at counterpunch.org.
A long-time member of the pioneering synthesizer trio Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company, he teaches at Cornell University.