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Dates: May 23-May 31, 2020
Location: Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

This festival has been cancelled.

CANCELLED--Academy of Fortepiano Performance Festival

The Academy of Fortepiano Performance provides an inspiring and practical immersion into the world of historical pianos. This workshop is a perfect introduction for pianists who have an interest in playing early pianos, as well as an intensive study opportunity for experienced students of the fortepiano. Led by renowned performers and specialists, students will participate in lessons, master classes, and workshops supported by plentiful access to pianos from the 18th and 19th century or their modern replicas. Instruction will address fortepiano technique, stylistically informed interpretation of classical and early-Romantic repertoire, and instrument construction and maintenance. In addition, several workshops will highlight a variety of performance practice topics.  

Fortepianists Audrey Axinn, Maria Rose, and Yi-heng Yang, violinist Cynthia Roberts and harpsichordist/clavichordist Masayuki Maki who each bring a vast experience as performers, teachers, and music scholars, will direct the Academy through master classes, private lessons, workshops, and performances. Masayuki Maki (DMA, harpsichord) and Chung Wan Choi (MFA Piano Technology) are a superb technical team who monitor the historical pianos on a daily basis during the festival.


AFP Faculty

  Olympians of Vienna: Beethoven and Schubert

  Performed on an original 1826 Conrad Graf grand piano

  Academy of Fortepiano Performance Resident Artist Concert
  Audrey Axinn, Maria Rose, Yi-heng Yang, fortepiano
  Cynthia Roberts, violin
  Plus winners of the Sfxp International Fortepiano Competition

  Saturday, May 23, 2020 @ 8:00pm

  This concert has been cancelled.


Pierre Goy  Chopin Inspirations and Influences

   Music by J.N. Hummel, C.M. von Weber, I. Moscheles, and F. Chopin

   Pierre Goy, fortepiano

   Sunday, May 24 @ 8:00pm

   This concert has been cancelled.



Lectures, Masterclasses and Workshops

All events listed below have been cancelled.

Lecture by Edward Swenson
Introducing the 1825 Conrad Graf grand piano, recently acquired by the Doctorow Center for the Arts Piano Performance Museum
Sunday, May 24 @ 12:00pm

Edward Swenson is the former owner of the 1826 Conrad Graf grand piano that is now in the collection of the Catskill Mountain Foundation Piano Performance Museum. The Swenson Graf will be the star piano at this year’s Academy of Fortepiano Performance. Catskill Mountain Foundation is grateful to Ed Swenson for making it possible to add the priceless Graf piano to the collection and is exceedingly thankful to the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation for their support of the purchase of this historic instrument.    

Piano restorer and music history professor Edward Swenson graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a degree in performance and a certificate in piano technology. During his junior year, Swenson participated in the Oberlin-in-Salzburg program. For two summers, Swenson worked as a piano technician in Chicago for Lyon & Healy, a Steinway dealer. After graduation from Oberlin, Swenson returned to Austria for two years with a scholarship from the Austrian Ministry of Education. He received a Master's degree in musicology from the Akademie Mozarteum in Salzburg where he was also awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medallion from the International Stiftung Mozarteum. After a year in Italy with a Fulbright grant, Swenson studied musicology with Donald Grout at Cornell University. He completed his Ph.D. with a thesis on the Italian composer Antonio Salieri. In 1970 Swenson joined the music history faculty of the Ithaca College School of Music. While teaching at Ithaca College, Swenson also served for several years as a piano technician for Cornell University. Swenson is a member of the American Musical Intrument Society, the Mozart Society of America, and the Historical Keyboard Society of North America. Swenson is a RPT (Registered Piano Technician) in the Piano Technicians' Guild. He has contributed numerous articles to the Guild's professional Journal.

Topics of Fortepiano Performance Practice
Lecture by Sylvia Berry
Tuesday, May 26 @ 4:00pm

Hailed by Early Music America as “a complete master of rhetoric," Sylvia Berry is one of North America's leading exponents of the fortepiano. A published scholar, Berry has written and lectured widely on the instruments and performance practices of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, with a special interest in the sociological phenomena surrounding the music and performers of that period. Her disc of Haydn's London Sonatas - recorded for Acis on an 1806 Broadwood grand - garnered critical acclaim. A review in Fanfare stated: “To say that Berry plays these works with vim, vigor, verve, and vitality, is actually a bit of an understatement," while a reviewer from the Haydn Society of North America enthused, “Berry's performances abound with wit and surprise . . . utterly delicious." During the twenty years she’s spent at the fortepiano (as well as the harpsichord and organ), she’s performed on a wide array of restored antique instruments in the US, The Netherlands, the UK, and Italy.

Workshop by Suren Barry
Improvising Cadenzas in Classic Piano Music
Tuesday, May 26 @ 4:00pm

Suren Barry is well known to audiences across Canada, and his concertizing has brought him overseas as well. He has given numerous solo recitals at La Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur in Montreal and has also been invited to perform at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, at the “Im Hayastan” Festival in Yerevan, Armenia, and at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

An avid chamber musician, Suren regularly performs in various ensembles at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and at the Festival Pontiac Enchante. Recently, Suren has been performing with the McGill Percussion Ensemble, which included a concert at the McCormick Marimba Festival (Tampa, FL).

Maria van Epenhuysen Rose
Topics of Performance Practice
Wednesday, May 27 @ 7:30pm

Maria van Epenhuysen Rose, a native of the Netherlands, is a brilliant performer on historical pianos, covering a wide range of repertoire. She also holds a PhD in musicology from New York University and has published many articles on piano performance practice.

Masayuki Maki
Finding A Little Silence Between The Notes
Thursday, May 28 @ 4:00pm
Red Barn, Hunter

Masayuki Maki specialized in historical keyboard instruments, has extensive experience in lecturing and performing all over the world. He was formerly Associate Instructor of harpsichord performance and keyboard accompaniment at Indiana University and is now Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens College, teaching harpsichord, organ, fortepiano, and chamber music. He is also the Associate Director of the "Rethinking Bach" summer workshop at Queens College and Tokai University in Japan. He tours regularly with recorder artist Eva Legêne. He has also been an artist of Poly Theatre Group, Peking University and Gulangyu Music Festivals in China. He has played with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York Classical Players and various chamber ensembles and soloists. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. In addition to performing, he also works as a harpsichord and organ technician at the Metropolitan Opera, Trinity Wall Street, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.

Pierre Goy
Open Masterclass
Friday, May 29, 2:00pm

Pierre Goy teaches piano at the Conservatory of Vevey and at the Conservatory of Lausanne, where he also shares his passion for early music by organizing seminars on ancient instruments. At the Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve, he teaches clavichord and pianoforte in the Department of Early Music.

Laurence Libin
Lecture: American Pianos before the Civil War
Friday, May 29, 7:30pm

Laurence Libin was educated in musicology at the universities of Chicago and London and studied harpsichord with Paul Maynard and Thurston Dart. He is editor-in-chief of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (Oxford University Press), past-president of the Organ Historical Society, and honorary curator of Steinway & Sons. For thirty-three years he was curator of musical instruments at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, holding a chair endowed for him, meanwhile lecturing in the graduate schools of Columbia and New York universities, including NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, as well as at conservatories including Juilliard and the Kunitachi College of Music. He has published more than 150 articles and monographs and was co-editor with Peter Williams of the 2008 and 2009 Organ Yearbook.

Academy of Fortepiano Performance Student Concert
Saturday, May 30, 8:00pm



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