• Composer • Film
First known as a pianist, then as a
harpsichordist, Margaret Fabrizio began her study of piano 6 weeks
before her third birthday, appearing in her first recital at the
age of four. Later she studied piano with Bernhard Abramowitsch
in Berkeley, and harpsichord with Putnam Aldrich at Stanford University.
As a harpsichordist she concertized
throughout America and Europe with such musicians as David Oistrakh,
Teresa Berganza, the San Francisco Symphony, Carmel Bach Festival,
P.D.Q. Bach, and the Grateful Dead.
She is the first harpsichordist to perform
Bach’s Art of Fugue in America, this marking her Town Hall
She was on the faculty at Stanford University
for 25 years as Sr. Lecturer, specializing in harpsichord, fortepiano,
thorough-bass, and giving workshops on the performance of Bach for
Pianists. She currently teaches piano and harpsichord in Palo Alto
and San Francisco.
Active in the world of multi-media presentations,
she has presented performances of her multi-image projections in
combination with harpsichord performance in such cities as Cologne,
Frankfurt, Paris, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Ice Palace
and Staedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 1996 she played a solo concert
in Bombay featuring the works of J.S. Bach and G. Faure.
Her compositions for solo harpsichord
known as Holograms have been performed in America and abroad as
part of American Contemporary Music for Harpsichord.
Local performance/exhibits have been
held at the Museum of Modern Art, the Opera House, the de Young
Museum, the Palace of Fine Arts, and the Legion of Honor.
Since 1980 she has been increasingly
active in the visual arts. Her art books, collages, paintings, photographs
and masks have been exhibited in San Francisco at the Academy of
Art, the Art Institute, Shreves, Stanford University, and Focus
Gallery. In 1999 she gave a one woman show of her Indian paintings
at the Presidio, accompanied with Hindu ritual and entertainment.
In 1986 she wrote, directed, and performed
in a performance piece on the Golden Gate Bridge with Allan Kaprow
as guest actor.
In 1973 she performed on top of Twin
Peaks on the synthesizer in a city-wide light and sound piece by
Paul Crowley and Robert Moran, scored for telecast and viewer/listener
participation by the entire city.
She is also well-known as a collage
artist, many of her works are in private collections. Her Portrait
Masks have been exhibited at the Academy of Art gallery on Sutter
St., and in Edinburgh, Scotland. One of her masks made of eyes appeared
on an album cover of The Grateful Dead.
She studied quilt making with Grace
Earl, designer at the Chicago Art Institute, and her prize-winning
quilts have been exhibited in Northern California and at New Pieces
Gallery in Berkeley, where she also played a forte-piano concert.
For the past 18 years she has been creating
and building a forest environment of sculpture and landscape at
her Cazadero Conservancy of Nature and Art, a remote 40 acre piece
of land in Sonoma County where works of art are installed and/or
created in a non-invasive manner.
In the last 10 years she has spent 2
months annually in Asia, creating her art books and painting.
She has been making film/digital video,
for the past five years. Her recent film Myanmar Continuum has been
rejected by the NAATA. She is currently working on a new film, and
writing a book on her eight trips to India.