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The Academy of Fortepiano Performance

An inspiring and practical immersion into the world of historical pianos in the heart of the Catskill Mountains

Watch a brief video of the 2022 Academy:

Applications for the 2024 Academy are open!

May 22 - May 24: Historical Piano Technology Workshop

[Applications for this workshop are closed]


May 25 - June 2: Fortepiano Performance Workshop

June 2 - 8: Chamber Music Workshop for Fortepiano and Strings

      The Academy of Fortepiano Performance, now in its 7th year, is a perfect introduction for pianists who have an interest in playing early instruments, as well as an intensive study opportunity for experienced students of period performance practice. 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. Daily individual instrumental lessons are complemented by group demonstrations, and the week-long study culminates in a final student concert. 


       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 is 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 for a daily fee.   

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