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Hosted by Audrey Axinn, Yuan Sheng and Yuehan Wang

Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Time: 9:00pm EDT (9:00am China)
Streamed LIVE on Facebook and YouTube
Tickets: FREE

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CLICK HERE to download a program for this Salon

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International Fortepiano Salon #5: Pioneers: Fortepiano in China

The International Fortepiano Salon Series presents informal free online performances and discussions with fortepi­ano students and professionals anywhere, hosted by AFP faculty and guest artists around the world.

A sensitive and compelling performer and educator, Audrey Axinn is currently Associate Dean and faculty at the Tianjin Juilliard School. She is also on faculty at New York Juilliard and Mannes School of Music.  She has performed widely at venues such as the Boston Early Music and Edinburgh Festivals and taught master classes at almost two dozen conservatories in Asia, Europe and North America..

In addition to his achievements in modern piano, Yuan Sheng has gained wide recognition in the field of historical keyboard performance. He is equally at home with harpsichord, clavichord and all pianos before twentieth century. He teaches both modern piano and historical keyboards at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.

Jing Tang was born in 1999. She is currently a student at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, studying piano, fortepiano and harpsichord with Yuan Sheng. At the age of 15, she won second prize at the Zhuhai International Mozart competition for young musicians.
Pianist and Early Keyboard performer Michael Tsalka has won numerous prizes in Europe, the United States, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. A versatile musician, he performs repertoire from the early Baroque to the present day with equal virtuosity. Dr. Tsalka recorded 27 CDs, is currently head of the keyboard department at the Vanke Meisha Arts Academy (VMAA) in Shenzhen, China.

Yuehan Wang gives fortepiano recitals and lectures at different venues in China. Her articles on various topics of fortepiano performance practice are serialized in the professional magazine, Piano Artistry. She also teaches fortepiano at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

Zijun Wang is a lecturer in the piano department of Wuhan Conservatory of Music. She studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) and the Royal Conservatoire at The Hague, with professors Parick Cohen and Bart Van Oort. In 2014, she won First Prize at the Fortepiano Concerto Competition co-organised by the Brussel Royal Conservatory and CNSMDP.

​The Salon Series will continue on a monthly basis, with subsequent events in June and in the fall of 2021. Each Salon will be led by invited internationally renowned guest artists from around the U.S. and the world. Look for updates on www.academyfortepiano.org.

About the Academy of Fortepiano Performance
The Academy of Fortepiano Performance was co-founded by fortepianists Audrey Axinn, Maria Rose, and Yi-heng Yang in 2017 to provide an inspiring and practical immersion into the world of historical performance for students, professionals, amateurs, and audiences. Hosted by the Catskill Mountain Foundation Piano Performance Museum in the idyllic mountain setting of Hunter, New York, the intimate performance hall, impressive piano museum, and comfortable student lodging are all in close proximity to each other and just 2 1/2 hours north of New York City. The Academy is open to students, professionals, and adult amateurs. Auditors are welcome to attend all events.

This event is made possible in part through the support of the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, Greene County Council on the Arts, d/b/a/ CREATE, and Stewarts Shops.



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