The Piccola Accademia di Montisi, Bruce Kennedy, Skip Sempé and the students of the annual Villa Medici masterclasses in Rome have lost a wonderful, encouraging and generous friend.
David Cates, harpsichordist, passed away unexpectedly in California. He will be fondly remembered. Condolences from all of us to his friend Deanne Detmers-Raskin, his daughters Melanie and Sophia Cates, and family.
Here is David playing the at the Villa Medici, on their anonymous French harpsichord from the beginning of the 18th century, and on a recent instrument by Bruce Kennedy after Blanchet from the collection of the Piccola Accademia.