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 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 worldwide.

Cynthia Roberts

Academy 2020 Guest Artists and Lecturers 

Pierre Goy is returning to AFP following his successful Chopin concert and lecture in the 2018 Academy. Mr. Goy has become known as one of the most versatile and thoughtful performers on historical keyboard instruments. Having studied with a number of prominent European teachers, he is equally at home playing Romantic virtuoso repertoire as 18th century music for the harpsichord and clavichord. His discography includes piano music by Chopin, Liszt, and Mozart, as well as harpsichord music by A.L. Couperin. He is the founder and artistic director of the biannual Rencontres Internationales Harmoniques in his native Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2002 the festival has brought together musicians, musicologists, instrument builders, and museum curators for an exchange of knowledge regarding period instruments.

Pierre Goy

Suren Barry is well known to audiences across Canada and beyond. He has given numerous solo recitals at La Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur in Montreal and has also been invited to perform at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, at the “Im Hayastan” Festival in Yerevan, Armenia, and at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. An avid chamber musician as well, Suren regularly performs in various ensembles at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and at the Festival Pontiac Enchante.  Suren holds a Bachelor of Music from Carleton University, a Master’s in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently pursuing his doctorate at the Schulich School of Music in Montreal. He recently received a Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award, as well as a prestigious Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for his research on keyboard improvisation in the 18th century. This project focuses on helping pianists reclaim the rich and vibrant tradition of improvised classical music.

Suren Barry

Sylvia Berry, a leading exponent of the fortepiano, has performed for the last twenty years on a wide array of restored historical pianos in the U.S., the Netherlands, England, and Italy. Her CD of Haydn's London Sonatas - recorded for Acis on an 1806 Broadwood grand piano - garnered critical acclaim for its wit, surprise, verve, and vitality. In addition to her solo work on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and organ she is an avid chamber musician and art song collaborator, often presenting works by little known composers from the period. Ms. Berry has written and lectured widely on the instruments and performance practices of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, with a special interest in the sociological phenomena surrounding the music and performers of that period. 

Sylvia Berry

Laurence Libin

Laurence Libin publishes extensively on organology and the preservation of historic instruments. He is editor-in-chief of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, past-president of the Organ Historical Society, and honorary curator of Steinway & Sons. Until retiring in 2006, he was curator of musical instruments at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for 33 years, holding a chair endowed for him. He has taught in the graduate schools of Columbia and New York universities as well as at Juilliard, the Kunitachi College of Music, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Recently he joined the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation Museum committee. In 1978 Laurence Libin was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2009 the American Musical Instrument Society honored him with the Curt Sachs Award for lifetime achievement. Other honors include the Anthony Baines Memorial Prize of the Galpin Society (UK), a Cultural Fellowship from the Likhachev Foundation (Russia), a Martha Goldsworthy Arnold Fellowship at the Riemenschneider Bach Institute, and Columbia University’s Armstrong Award for his nationally syndicated radio series, “Instrumental Odyssey.”

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