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Temple Painter

Temple Painter
Temple Painter (1933 Pulaski, Virginia) is an American harpsichordist and organist.

Temple Painter has performed as solo organist with members of the New York Philharmonic under Hermann Scherchen, as harpsichord soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, and as solo harpsichordist for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as solo pianist, harpsichordist and organist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and concertized extensively in the United States, Europe and Israel.

His 1962 critically acclaimed recording, "Temple Painter-Harpsichord Recital" on the Artia-Parliament label was cited by the New York Times in 1964 as "the most satisfying" of the five harpsichord recordings reviewed that year. He has also recorded the harpsichord music of American composer Harold Boatrite and can be heard as harpsichord soloist and continuo player in Handel's "Roman Vespers" recorded by the Philadelphia Singers and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on RCA Red Seal Records.


Painter graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and was the recipient of several honors and awards including the Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant and an honorary Doctorate from the Combs College of Music. In addition, he was a National Arts Associate of the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.


He was for 40 years the permanent harpsichordist for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and for 45 years the organist at Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Additionally, he was Associate Professor of Music at Haverford College for 13 years, and a Lecturer in Music at both Immaculata College and Temple University.

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