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Colin Booth’s performance garners another good review for Capriccio’s harpsichord concert series

Colin Booth performed a program of works by J.S. Bach’s mentors, friends and influencers at Capriccio’s July 13, 2023, concert played on an after-Fleischer instrument which he built in 2011. The venue was Live! at 10th and G Streets. Reviewer Andrew Lindemann Malone of the Washington Classical Review described the instrument as a “…feast for the eyes” which “…sounded as good as it looks”. Malone praised Booth’s performance, noting that “Under Booth’s fingers, the high notes sparkled…the bass had generous richness, with just a touch of plangent edge…” Malone also noted that Booth “…created a myriad of colors, and smoothly articulated even the most daunting pileups of trills and runs.” Booth “…brought out the rhythmic vitality and wit of a charming suite in F minor by Georg Böhm” while “…Telemann’s Fantasia No. 11 flashed with vigorous rhythms and stylish figures, and Booth relished the opportunity to roll up and down the keyboard and pile up the virtuosity in Georg Muffat’s Passacaglia in G minor (Apparatus Musica-organisticus). Read the full review at

Justin Taylor’s concert at Capriccio captivates the audience & receives glowing review

Justin Taylor’s ‘Bach in Italy’ performance at Capriccio Baroque on March 18, 2023, led to multiple standing ovations from a highly appreciativ audience and garnered an exceptional review from Charles Downey of the Washington Classical Review. The virtuosic, demanding program included a selection of Italian concerto transcriptions made by Bach and works composed by Bach himself in the ‘Italian Style’. For the concert Justin performed on a two-manual harpsichord built by English early keyboard builder and harpsichordist Colin Booth after an extant original instrument by J.C. Fleischer dated to 1710.

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Capriccio’s concert featuring Jean Rondeau rated a 2022 Top Ten Performance

Jean Rondeau’s October 26, 2022, performance of J.S. Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ at Capriccio Baroque is rated a 2022 Top Ten Performance by the Washington Classical Review. Given this young French harpsichordist’s mastery this comes as no surprise. Here’s what the Washington Classical Review has to say about this performance:

‘The best thing about a performance of an ultra-familiar work is if it surprises you. The French harpsichordist, who has made two recordings of this Bach masterpiece, surprised over and over again in this dynamic live performance …from an improvised intonato as prelude, through some extravagantly ornamented repeats, to a stripped-down return of the opening Aria.’

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Wonderful Memories of the Capriccio Tour to Festival Risonanze, Malborhetto-Valbruna-Tarvisio, Italy. June 2022.


Jory Vinikour garners further acclaim from reviewers for his exceptional, virtuosic performance – ‘La joie de vivre!’ – at Capriccio Baroque on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Read Voix des Arts’ glowing review here:

Rave Review for Jory Vinikour’s Capriccio Concert

Capriccio’s Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, concert ‘La joie de vivre’ featuring Jory Vinikour aimed to lift the audiences’ spirits after a prolonged and bleak period when concert halls have been shuttered. Jory more than delivered! The Washington Classical Review’s Charles Downey showered the performance with praise, describing it as “…a sensational evening”. Jory Vinikour’s exceptional technique and bountiful musicality shone in a program packed with “effervescent and devilishly challenging pieces” full of “…finger-twisting calisthenics…” (Charles Downey) by Byrd, Bull, J.S. Bach, D. Scarlatti, Rameau, L. Couperin, and Royer. Read the full review here:

Updated December 1, 2021


Capriccio is delighted to welcome audiences back to our live concerts. We’re thrilled to once again share with patrons the very particular beauties and joys of live performances played by exceptional harpsichordists and musicians.

We want to assure our patrons that Capriccio is committed to ensuring the health and safety of patrons, employees, and artists at our concerts. We update our safety protocols frequently to be consistent with top medical authorities’ guidance and recommendations. Our Safety Protocols as of December 1, 2021, are as follows:

Capriccio staff, volunteer concert assistants, and artists at Capriccio concerts will be fully vaccinated.

– All patrons need to provide proof they are fully vaccinated at the concert door. Paper or electronic copies of vaccination together with photo ID will be accepted.

Capriccio is limiting ticket sales to accommodate some spacing of seats by ticketed group. And, for now, we’re not be offering our usual pre-concert complimentary canapés and beverages to limit mask removal.

Capriccio requires that patrons wear a well-fitted mask covering the nose and mouth at all times while in the concert venue, including during the performance. Artists, who will all be fully vaccinated, will enter the stage masked, but can choose to remove their mask while performing.

Concert ticket holders will receive a Safety Protocol ‘gentle reminder’ email two days prior to the concert reconfirming the Safety Protocols and highlighting any changes/updates to the protocols.

Capriccio is offering ticket exchanges to any ticket holder who feels unwell and lets us know before a concert. We urge patrons to stay home if they feel unwell.

Capriccio thanks you for your understanding and consideration
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We’re giddy with delight as we launch our 2021/2022 Season featuring exceptional harpsichordists in extraordinary live!! and virtual concerts. We’ve have a wonderful line-up of harpsichordists who’ll be performing diverse and compelling programs.

While we very much hope the Season will proceed as planned, we must make provision for possible interruptions. This means we’ll open ticket sales for a concert 4 to 6 weeks out from the concert date. On the day we open ticket sales for a concert we’ll send our Subscribers an email announcing this. If you’re not already on the subscriber’s list, do complete one of the sign-up boxes on this website so you are kept informed and don’t miss out on tickets. We’re sorry to announce that we’ll not offer our popular Subscription Packages this Season because of the continuing uncertainties.  We request patrons’ understanding on these measures; our intention is to avoid disappointment and a cycle of ticket refunds. 

We so look forward to welcoming you back in person to – very hopefully! – a full Season of extraordinary concerts!

A New Harpsichord at Capriccio

Capriccio is delighted to have access to a second very fine harpsichord for its concerts. This beautiful instrument was built and decorated by Colin Booth, one of Britain’s premier early keyboard builders. Colin is also an acclaimed recording artist and performer. This two-manual instrument is built after J.C. Fleischer’s 1710 one-manual harpsichord, now housed in the Berlin Musical Instrument Museum. It has featured in early music festivals in England and was used by English harpsichordist Richard Lester in his extensive recordings of J.S. Bach’s keyboard works. Built in the German style, the instrument is particularly well-suited to northern European Baroque music. The beautiful lid, painted by Colin, shows a copy of John William Waterhouse’s ‘Echo and Narcissus’. The keyboards are GG-d3 chromatic with the usual three registers, two at normal pitch and the third at octave pitch. The registers can be used separately or in combinations. An unusually beautiful buff stop extends the range of tonal options.
Capriccio looks forward to presenting Colin Booth in concert this Season – a most exceptional harpsichordist performing on an exquisite instrument.