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Summer Arts Intensives

Experience the "Lost Sound" of Early Pianos and their Repertoire. OPEN TO STRINGS!

Academy Dates: May 27 through June 4, 2018

Arrival: May 27
Departure: June 4

Apply by April 30, 2018
Late applications will be considered providing space is available.

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

Payment before:  May 1, 2018

Attendance Cost Resident Students: $1,250 (includes tuition, room & board, and all events)
Attendance Cost Day Students: $500
Auditor’s Fee: $40/day

Pam Weisberg, Director of Performing Arts

Nanci Panuccio
Assistant to the Director of Performing Arts


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 and string players who have an interest in playing period instruments, as well as an intensive study opportunity for experienced students of period performance practice. 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 technique, stylistically informed interpretation of Classical and early Romantic repertoire, and piano construction and maintenance. The Academy is open to students, professionals, and adult amateurs. Advanced high school students are welcome with a parent or
chaperone. Auditors are also welcome for all events.

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.

“Hands, down, the best festival I’ve ever been to. We learned so much and developed some amazing friendships. I’m so thankful I went.”—Matthew Maimone

“The experience of working on a wide array of fortepianos deeply changed the way I now approach the keyboard physically, and deepened my relationship with music.” —Andrew Yang

“ It is extremely rare to have all the top experts in fortepiano tuning, building, maintenance, and performing in the same place….”—Zuguang Xiao

The Academy of Fortepiano Performance provides daily lessons and master classes, as well as a student recital. Highlights of the 2018 Academy include a concert by guest artist Pierre Goy and faculty members, a master class by Andrew Willis, and several lectures by invited speakers. In addition, this year’s workshop welcomes string players and will focus on both solo and ensemble repertoire for piano and strings.

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. Mr. Greenstein, curator, technician, and Consulting Director of the CMF Piano Museum, will conduct a tour of the piano museum.

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, Paris 7’ Grand Piano

Faculty Instruments
1788 Anton Walter Viennese-action piano (replica 1986 by John Lyon)
1840 Pleyel pianino
1795 Anton Walter Viennese-action piano (replica 2012 by Chris Maene)
1795 Anton Walter Viennese-action piano (replica 2000 by Paul McNulty)

Audrey Axinn
Fortepianist Audrey Axinn is a faculty member at The Juilliard School and The Mannes School of Music. A sensitive and vibrant performer, she has played solo and collaborative recitals at many venues throughout North America and Europe, and taught master classes in Beijing, Seoul, The Hague, The Curtis Institute, Juilliard, Oberlin and New England Conservatory.

Masayuki Maki
An insightful musician, Masayuki Maki plays the harpsichord and organ in public, and the clavichord at home. He studied at Indiana University, Queens College, Smarano Organ Academy, and received his doctoral degree from Stony Brook University.

Cynthia Roberts  
Cynthia Roberts is one of America’s leading baroque violinists, appearing as soloist, concertmaster, and recitalist throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She is a faculty member of the Juilliard School and the University of North Texas and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and has given master classes in Europe, Asia and the U.S.
Maria van Epenhuysen Rose
Maria Rose, originally from the Netherlands, combines experience as a fortepiano performer with musicological research. She has performed extensively as solo performer and in chamber music, and has a PhD in Musicology from New York University. Ms. Rose has published articles on piano performance practice and recorded a wide range of repertoire on period instruments.

Yi-heng Yang
Yi-heng Yang has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, The Frederick Collection, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and with groups such as Apollo’s Fire, The Sebastians, and The New York Philharmonic. She studied at The Juilliard School, where she is on the piano faculty of the Pre-College and Evening Divisions. Ms. Yang also studied fortepiano at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

FACULTY CONCERT: Romance & Glamour: A 19th Century Piano Soiree
Featuring Guest Artist, Pierre Goy
with Audrey Axinn, Cynthia Roberts, Maria Rose & Yiheng Yang
Sunday, May 27 @ 8:00pm
Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter
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Saturday, June 2 @ 8:00pm
Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter


“Rubato, Element of Musical Discourse” with Pierre Goy
Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 2:00pm
Doctorow Center for the Arts
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Originating in Italian aria singing in the 17th century, rubato is an essential technique for the interpretation of vocally-inspired piano music in the 18th and 19th centuries. This lecture will discuss the history and application of rubato on period pianos.

“Applying Violin Bowing Expression on the Clavichord” with Masayuki Maki
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Red Barn
This lecture-workshop will explore how keyboardists can execute and express group of notes (figures) by applying violin bowing patterns.

Lecture and Masterclass with Malcolm Bilson
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Doctorow Center for the Arts
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A pioneer in the period of instrument movement, Malcolm Bilson has been a key contributor to the restoration of the fortepiano to the concert stage.  He recently received the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal at the Smithsonian Institution as a pioneer in the performance of period instruments and chamber music in general. 

“Viennese Fortepianos: Keeping Up with Technical Needs” with Richard Hester
Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Red Barn
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This is a practical workshop on understanding and taking care of Viennese fortepianos, and also addresses the need to include the use of one’s listening ear in the process of tuning and regulating an instrument. The significant factors of durability of materials and humidity will also be discussed.

“Character and Topic as Avenues to Interpreting Classic and Early Romantic Music” with Raymond Erickson
Friday, June 1, 2018 @ 2:00pm
Doctorow Center for the Arts
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Raymond Erickson is an internationally recognized scholar and keyboard performer and is one of America’s most experienced teachers of historical performance practices.

Masterclass with Andrew Willis
Sunday, June 3, 2018 @ 11:00am
Doctorow Center for the Arts
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A professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Andrew Willis is committed to the study, performance, and teaching of the widest possible range of keyboard repertoire on historically appropriate instruments.



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