Robertson Harpsichords was officially founded in 1995 .
I have created over 60 unique instruments owned by musicians, collectors as well as Churches and Universities around the world.
In 1981, at the early age of 14, I built my first clavichord and then a Flemish harpsichord using plans from a museum and not a kit. I read Frank Hubbard's book Three Centuries of Harpsichord Making from cover to cover multiple times and I was fascinated. With my earliest instruments, I used only hand tools, in the style of the antiques. At the same time I switched my lessons from playing piano to harpsichord at Wheaton College in Illinois. I also learned how to paint so that I could do my own case decoration. I do soundboard paintings in acrylic and lid paintings in oil.
As an undergrad I studied both Biology and Harpsichord at Indiana University. I went on to Medical School where I studied medicine for 4 years until I returned back again to Indiana University to pursue a Masters degree in Harpsichord Performance. Today I live with my wife of 21 years, 2 biological children, and an adopted foster child. My wife Seana is my partner and she manages the business and all the financial aspects. We also have a part time assistant who helps in the shop.
Besides building custom & commissioned instruments: harpsichords, clavichords, virginals and Clavicytheria, we create paintings, as well as repair older harpsichords and restore antique instruments.
Some of my Harpsichord and Piano teachers included, Dr. Kenneth Mays for piano at Wheaton College, Illinois. Gladys Christensen at Wheaton College, Naomi Rowley, at Elmhurst College, Dr. Kenneth Dorsch and then professor Elisabeth Wright at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University.
My Institutional customers include:
Indiana University, Early Music Institute, Bloomington, IN
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK
Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI
We have instruments located across the USA, in at least 20 states, plus Canada, Austria, Australia, Germany, Spain, Taiwan, and Virgin Islands.
403 West Vine Street,
Ellettsville, Indiana, 47429 USA