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Summer Arts Intensives

Experience the "Lost Sound" of Early Pianos and their Repertoire

Festival Dates:
Arrival Saturday, June 10, 2017
Departure Sunday, June 18, 2017

Deadline for Deposit of $150: May 1, 2017

Balance Due Upon Arrival

Late applications will be considered providing space is available

Please send check and copy of application to
Catskill Mountain Foundation
P.O. Box 924, Hunter, NY 12442

Attendance Costs Resident Students: $1,250 (includes tuition, room and board and all events)

Attendance Costs Day Students: $800

Auditor’s Fee: $40/day

A PDF of the application is available by clicking here. Please fill out the application and either e-mail it to Pam Weisberg, Director of Programming, at weisbergb@catskillmtn.org or mail it to:

Pam Weisberg, Director of Programming
Academy of Fortepiano Performance
Catskill Mountain Foundation
PO Box 924/7971 Main Street
Hunter, NY 12442

Academy of Fortepiano Performance

CLICK HERE to watch a YouTube video of young pianists performing at a Benefit for the Academy of Fortepiano Performance

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, who each bring a vast experience as performers, teachers, and music scholars, will direct the Academy through master classes, private lessons, workshops, and performances. Guest performers and lecturers in 2017 include eminent fortepiano performer and pedagogue, Malcolm Bilson; keyboard-instruments scholar, John Koster; and fortepiano builder Richard Hester.

Hosted by the Catskill Mountain Foundation Piano Performance Museum in Hunter, NY, this unique academy benefits from a gorgeous natural setting, convenient and comfortable lodging and meals, and a beautiful and intimate concert hall, which will be the setting for faculty and student performances.  

The Academy is open to college and conservatory students, professionals, and adult amateurs. Advanced high school students are welcome with a parent or chaperone. Auditors are also welcome for all events.

The week is structured to provide a balanced program consisting of: lessons, master classes, workshops, a student recital, and lectures by experts in the field. Highlights of the Academy include a concert and lecture by fortepianist Malcolm Bilson, a lecture by John Koster, a faculty concert, and a tour of the Piano Performance Museum with curator/ collector Steven E. Greenstein.  

The Steven E. Greenstein collection includes early and modern keyboard instruments including European historic pianos, as well as American pianos built in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.  

Steven E. Greenstein will conduct a tour of the piano museum.  Steven  attended Cornell & City University NY graduating with a BA degree in 1974. He has been a member of the Piano Technicians Guild for over 25 years and has served as President & Program Director of the NY Hudson-Adirondack Chapter; specializing in Antique Piano Restoration and teaching Piano Technology on a Chapter, Regional, and National level for the Piano technicians Guild.  He is the Founder, Curator, & Consulting Director of the CMF Piano Performance Museum.
A variety of instruments will be available for practicing, teaching, and performing, including the following:

From the Steven E. Greenstein Collection:
1783 J.A. Stein Viennese-action piano [replica by Philip Belt]
1842-1846 John Broadwood 7’ Patent-Repetition Grand Piano
1873 Erard firm Paris 7’ Grand Piano

Faculty instruments:
1788 Anton Walter Viennese-action piano [replica 1986 by John Lyon]
1840 Pleyel pianino
1785-90 Jean-Louis Dulcken Viennese-action piano [replica 1987 by Paul and Jeanine Poletti]
1795 Anton Walter Viennese-action piano [replica 2012 by Chris Maene]


Audrey Axinn is a faculty member at The Juilliard School and The Mannes School of Music. A frequent guest instructor at schools such as Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Beijing Central Conservatory, The Curtis Institute of Music and The New England Conservatory, she is a longtime student of Zitta Zohar and is dedicated to fostering ergonomic playing on all keyboard instruments. A sensitive and vibrant performer, she has played solo and collaborative recitals at many venues throughout North America and Europe.  Ms. Axinn holds a doctorate from The Juilliard School, as well as degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and Manhattan School of Music.

Maria van Epenhuysen Rose, a native of the Netherlands, is an active performer on historical pianos. In addition to performance degrees from the Netherlands and England she has a PhD in Musicology from New York University (2006) and has written many articles on piano performance practice. Ms. Rose has recorded piano works by Hummel, Clementi, John Field, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven on period instruments.  She presently works as editor at the International Center of RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City and lives in Stone Ridge, New York.

Yi-heng Yang is a dynamic and versatile collaborator and soloist on modern and historical keyboards. Recent appearances have been at The Boston Early Music Festival, The Frederick Collection,  La Grua Series, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Serenata of Santa Fe, Albuquerque Chatter, and The Friends of Mozart. Ms. Yang holds a doctorate in piano performance from The Juilliard School, where she is on the faculty of the Evening Division. She also holds a Masters of Fortepiano, summa cum laude, from the Amsterdam Conservatory, where she studied with Stanley Hoogland.


Lecture: “Urtexts vs. Historic Recordings”
A pioneer in the period-instrument movement, Malcolm Bilson is a member of the Cornell University Music Department where he is the Frederick J. Whiton Professor of Music. He has proven to be a key contributor to the restoration of the fortepiano to the concert stage and to fresh recordings of the “mainstream” repertory. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Bard College, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and recently received the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, for his “extraordinary lifetime achievements” as “a pioneer in the performance of period instruments and chamber music in general.”

Lecture: “The Care & Maintenance of Historical Keyboards: Tuning, Repair, & Conservation Questions - A Variety of Answers.”
Richard Hester has been working in the technical and musical field of keyboard instrument design, construction, technical advisement, academic and historical research of instruments, documentation, conservation, restoration, and appraisal services since 1968. He is owner and founder of Richard Hester Fortepianos, which makes Viennese fortepianos of the Mozart and Beethoven period.

Lecture:  “Pianos from Bach to Beethoven:  Diversities of Tone & Touch”
A graduate of Harvard College, John Koster is the author of the prize-winning book Keyboard Musical Instruments in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1994). He has held the Andrew W. Mellon Senior Fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and was also Professor of Music, Conservator, and Curator of Keyboard Instruments at the National Music Museum, the University of South Dakota. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Curt Sachs Award from the American Musical Instrument Society.



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