The Academy Faculty

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.

Audrey Axinn

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 a Board member of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America and an editor at RILM, the bibliographic database for music research, in New York City. Ms. Rose lives in the Catskill region.

Maria Rose 

2010 - present
2010 - present

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. 

Yi-heng Yang 

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. Mr. Maki's creative and insightful lecture demonstration “Applying Violin Bowing Expression on the Clavichord” was a highlight of AFP 2018. 

Masayuki Maki

Cynthia Roberts

Cynthia Roberts is one of America’s leading period instrument violinists, appearing as soloist, concertmaster, and recitalist throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She is a faculty member of the Juilliard School. She  specializes in classical chamber music performance with historic keyboards and has performed throughout the world with fortepianist Christoph Hammer. She appears regularly with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Tafelmusik, and the Boston Early Music Festival and is a principal player in the Carmel Bach Festival. She has performed as concertmaster of Les Arts Florissants with William Christie and appeared with Orchester Wiener Akademie, the London Classical Players, and the Bach Collegium Japan. She was featured as soloist and concertmaster on the soundtrack of the Touchstone Pictures film Casanova, and accompanied soprano Renee Fleming on Late Night with David Letterman.


Ms. Roberts also teaches at the University of North Texas and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and has given master classes at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Indiana University, Eastman, the Cleveland Institute, Cornell, Rutgers, Minsk Conservatory, Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum Augsburg, Shanghai Conservatory, Vietnam National Academy of Music, and for the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique in France. 

Ms Roberts made her solo debut at age 12 playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Grant Park Symphony of Chicago. Her recording credits include Sony, CPO, and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.

Academy 2020 Guest Artists and Lecturers 

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