Harpsichordist Orhan Memed lives in Paris and has performed throughout Europe.
After piano and violin studies in the United States at the University of Southern California, and a doctorate in musicology at the University of Oxford, he moved to Paris in 1992 to study with Huguette Dreyfus where he was awarded the Médaille d’or à l’unanimité avec félicitations du jury and the Prix d’Excellence.
While beginning a performing career in the early 90s, Orhan Memed was named editor then managing director at Éditions de l’Oiseau-Lyre. His published research encompasses early English keyboard music, eighteenth-century French vocal music and Macedonian folk music. He has taught courses on the history of music and the history of opera for the Vassar College-Wesleyan University Programme in Paris since 1998.
In 1999 he was named Artistic Director of the Académie musicale de Villecroze in the south of France where he directed and organised masterclasses, composition workshops and musicological colloquia over the last ten years.
Orhan Memed is the producer and co-author of several documentary films on artists such as Christa Ludwig, Hugues Cuenod, Betsy Jolas, Keiko Abe and Jessye Norman. He can be heard in the documentary film Quand l’Europe parlait français in works of Rameau, François Couperin and Bach.
He recorded Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 2006 and will record the Partitas in 2011.