A native of Seattle, Washington, David Yearsley studied the organ with Edward Hansen, Christa Rakich, William Porter, Harald Vogel and Kimberly Marshall.† He has been the winner of numerous prizes at national and international competitions; in 1992 he was awarded the top prize at the International Schnitger Organ Competition, held on the famous historic instruments of Norden, Germany and Groningen and Alkmaar in the Netherlands, and in 1994 he †became the only musician ever to win all major prizes at the Bruges Early Music Festival.
Active also as a clavichordist, Yearsley holds a Ph.D. in music history from Stanford University, and divides his energies among performing, teaching, and writing; his scholarly work focuses on late 17th and early 18th century music and has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and Music and Letters.† His widely-praised book, Bach and the Meanings of Counterpoint came out in 2002 from Cambridge University Press. His most recent, Bachís Feet, a landmark study of the origins of organ pedaling, also from Cambridge, appeared† last year. Yearsley has been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Humboldt University in Berlin and a Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellow at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. A member of the pioneering synthesizer trio, Mother Mallardís Portable Masterpiece Company, he teaches at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, where he lives with his wife, Annette Richards, the Cornell University Organist, and their two daughters.