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Summer Arts Intensives

Marking its 3rd year at the Catskill Mountain Foundation, this educational residency, hosted by the CMF’s Piano Performance Museum, offers an inspiring and practical immersion into the world of historic pianos for students at the college, post-graduate, and pre-professional level. The museum’s pianos in the Steven E. Greenstein collection will be used in lectures, master classes and performances to provide insight into the musical sounds of the 18th and 19th centuries.


Academy of Fortepiano Performance

The AFP Intensive will launch with a resident artist concert, The Pianos of Anton Walter in Vienna, Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 8 pm, at The Doctorow Center for the Arts in the village of Hunter. The concert features faculty members Audrey Axinn, Maria Rose, Yiheng Yang on fortepiano, and Cynthia Roberts on violin, performing on several replicas of fortepianos from the workshop of Anton Walter, one of Vienna’s greatest fortepiano builders of the late and early 19th Century.

This year, for the first time, The Academy will work in collaboration with The American Classical Orchestra, which has recently launched the Sfzp Project, a three-year initiative designed to amplify awareness of the fortepiano. First place prizewinner, David Belkovski and second place prize winner, Gabriel Merrill-Steskal of the Sfzp Fortepiano Competition in New York City will be special solo guest performers at AFP’s Faculty Concert. Honorable Mention, Shin Hwang and Finalists, Mao Omori and Yuehan Wange will receive full scholarships to the Academy of Fortepiano Performance Intensive.

The Academy’s featured guest artist this year is world renowned Russian fortepianist, Alexei Lubimov. Mr. Lubimov will perform sonatas by Beethoven and Dussek on a Broadwood grand piano, followed by a selection of works by Chopin, Glinka, Field, and Pleyel on an 1840 Pleyel piano. His concert will take place Sunday, May 26 at 8 pm at the Doctorow Center for the Arts.

In addition to the Academy of Fortepiano Performance concerts, the AFP Intensive also includes master classes and lectures, many of which are free and open to the public, along with a finale student concert, also free and open to the public.

Lectures Include:

Masterclass with Richard Hester
Fortepiano Workshop
Tuesday May 28 @ 7.30 pm
Tickets: Free and open to the public
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Mr. Hester, master fortepiano builder, with life-long experience building, restoring, and repairing historical pianos, will explain the mechanics of 18th-century Viennese fortepianos in an interactive setting.

Symbols that Suggest Interpretation of Music for the Fortepiano
Lecture by Sandra Rosenblum
Thursday May 30 2.00 pm
Tickets Purchased Ahead: $10; $7 students
At the Door: $12; $7 students
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Sandra Rosenblum, author of Performance Practices in Classic Piano Music (1988), described as “a monumental achievement; thorough, objective, balanced, and imaginative” (Journal of Musicological Research). It gives a thorough explanation of the notated music of the Classic period, based on treatises and contemporary sources. She has been an inspiring influence on a generation of fortepianists worldwide. More recently her work has been focused on Chopin and the pianos of his time. Her lecture will touch all areas of piano performance relevant to students of the piano works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Dussek, and contemporaries, illustrated with performances of short excerpts from their works.

Masterclass with David Breitman
Friday May 31 10.30 am
Tickets: Free and open to the public
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David Breitman directs the Historical Performance Program at Oberlin, teaching fortepiano, clavichord, and performance practice. His discography includes Beethoven’s violin and cello sonatas, Mozart’s violin sonatas, and four vocal CDs with the late Sanford Sylvan, whom he partnered in recital for over 30 years. He is currently working on a book titled Time-Travel for Pianists: How Today’s Players Can Learn from Yesterday’s Instruments.

Saturday June 1 8.00 pm
Student Finale Concert
Doctorow Center for the Arts
Tickets: Free and open to the public
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The concert will present the students who will perform a wide variety of piano repertoire and chamber music, followed by a reception to meet students and faculty.


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.

Fortepianist Audrey Axinn is a faculty member at The Juilliard School, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the new graduate branch campus Julliard opening in Tianjin, China, and The Mannes School of Music.  She has taught master classes in Beijing, Seoul, The Hague, The Curtis Institute, Juilliard, Oberlin and New England Conservatory.

Maria Rose, originally from the Netherlands, combines her experience as a fortepiano performer with her research as a musicologist. She has performed extensively as solo performer and in chamber music, and has a PhD in Musicology from New York University. Ms. Rose has written articles on piano performance practice and recorded a wide range of repertoire on period instruments. She is currently an editor at RILM in New York City and lives in the Catskill region.

Yi-heng Yang is a dynamic soloist and collaborator, and 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. Ms. Yang studied at The Juilliard School, where she is on the piano faculty of the Pre-College and Evening Divisions. She also studied early music at Amsterdam Conservatory.

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 for a fee of $40 per day to have full access to watch lessons, group teaching, and master classes.

Please CLICK HERE to visit the Academy of Fortepiano Performance website for full information.



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