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The 7th Academy of Fortepiano Performance is expanding its offerings in the world of historical pianos, This workshop 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. Instruction will address technique, stylistically informed interpretation of classical and early-Romantic repertoire, and piano construction and maintenance. In addition, several lectures  and demonstrations will highlight a variety of performance practice topics. Daily individual instrumental lessons are complemented by group demonstrations, and the week-long study culminates in a final student concert in Weisberg Hall. 


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 for a daily fee.   

Academy of Fortepiano Performance 2024

Workshop for Solo Fortepiano

May 26-June 2

Chamber Music Workshop

for Fortepiano and Strings 

June 2-6

The 2024 Academy also features a masterclass and performance by the brilliant fortepianist Jiayan Sun (Smith College); the chamber music workshop will be led by violinist Cynthia Roberts, faculty member at the Historical Performance program of the Juilliard School.




Applications are due March 15, 2024 If offered placement, tuition payment is due upon arrival.



Fees for Resident Students include tuition, room, three meals a day, and all events

Attendance Costs for Solo Piano Students May 26-June 2:

$1400  double occupancy room. A limited number of private rooms (single occupancy) with bath are available at a $350 surcharge

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Attendance Costs for Pianists and String Players June 2-8:

$1250 double occupancy room A limited number of private rooms (single occupancy) with bath are available at a $300 surcharge

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Reduction for pianists who attend both workshops will be considered

Some scholarships available for advanced musicians


Attendance Costs for Non-Resident Students (includes tuition and all events):

$900 for the Solo Piano workshop and $850 for the Chamber Music workshop

Fee for auditors and guests or chaperones attending any lessons, classes, lectures, masterclasses or concerts$60 per day 

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