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Joan Benson (October 9, 1925 – January 1, 2020) was an American keyboard player. Her works focused on the clavichord and fortepiano. She was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

From 1968 through 1976, she taught at Stanford University until joining the faculty at the University of Oregon in Eugene, where she taught through 1987.

Benson died on January 1, 2020 in Eugene, Oregon at the age of 94.


  • Joan Benson, Clavichord (Repertoire Records, LP, 1962), reissued by Bridge Records, 1972.
  • Music of C. P. E. Bach (Orion Master Recordings, Giveon Cornfield, LP, 1976); clavichord and 1795 Broadwood pianoforte
  • Works of Haydn and Pasquini (Titanic Records, Ralph Dobmeyer, LP, 1982); original Tosi and Schiedmayer clavichords from Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Clavichord Music of Johann Kuhnau and C. P. E. Bach (Focus Recordings, Peter Nothnagel, Early Music Institute, Indiana University School of Music, cassette, 1987 and CD, 1996)
  • Artistry of Joan Benson, Early Music Institute, Barry Phillips; issued with Clavichord for Beginners, Indiana University Press, CD (2014)
  • The Clavichord, Vision and Voice of Joan Benson, Early Music Institute; issued with Clavichord for Beginners, Indiana University Press, DVD (2014)
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