Benson, Joan, American keyboard player and teacher; b. St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 9, 1929. She studied at the Univ. of 111. (B.Mus., M.Mus., 1951) and at Ind. Univ. (1953), then went to Europe, where she received additional instruction from Edwin Fischer, Guido Agosti et al., returning to the U.S. in 1960. She pursued a successful career as a versatile keyboard artist, becoming especially well known as a clavichordist and fortepia-nist through numerous tours of the U.S., Europe, and the Far East. Her repertoire extends from Renaissance pieces to modern music. As a teacher, she served on the faculties of Stanford Univ. (1970–76) and the Univ. of Ore. (1976–87).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire