The Academy Faculty

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Audrey Axinn

Audrey Axinn’s sensitive and compelling performances on fortepiano and modern piano have been hailed by the Washington Post and others as a “truly admirable” and “Axinn is an artist…her touch is magical and the fluidity of her playing exceptional.” “Her musical sensibility reminds one of Landowska.” 

Performance highlights on historical and modern pianos include solo performances and collaborations with artists including Monica Huggett, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Eugene Fodor, Daniel Heifetz and Rufus Muller in venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Caramoor, and the Edinburgh International Festival. 

Ms. Axinn teaches vocal and instrumental chamber music on fortepianos at The Juilliard School. She teaches collaborative piano and classroom courses at Mannes School of Music. Ms. Axinn has given master classes at prominent conservatories in China, the U.S., and Europe.

From 2018-21, Ms. Axinn served as Associate Dean and faculty at the Tianjin Juilliard School in China. Previously, she held the position of Assistant Dean at Mannes School of Music. Ms. Axinn holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, as well as degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music, and The Manhattan School of Music. She also attended Sweelinck Conservatorium on a U.S. Fulbright and Netherland-America Foundation grant.

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Maria Rose 

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 performed chamber music with the Festetics String Quartet from Budapest, the Gamerith Trio in Austria, and with the Romanian violinist Vasile Beluska as the Mozart Fortepiano Duo. She has written many articles and lectured on piano performance practice. Her path-breaking research on early French piano music has led the way for a new generation of fortepianists focusing on previously unfamiliar repertoire.

Ms. Rose received her piano performance training in the Netherlands, London, and the U.S.  She has recorded a wide range of repertoire on period instruments; including the complete Mozart Sonatas and Haydn Trios on an original Anton Walter piano in Austria. She received the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for her recording projects and a grant from the Netherland America Foundation. She is a Board member of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America and a Senior editor at RILM, the bibliographic database for music research, in New York City. Ms. Rose lives in the Catskill region, where she founded the Academy of Fortepiano Performance in Hunter, and hosts the International Fortepiano Salon with Yiheng Yang.

2010 - present
2010 - present
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Yi-heng Yang 

Pianist and fortepianist Yi-heng Yang has been described as an “exquisite collaborator (Opera News), “suberbly adept (Gramophone)” and noted for her “remarkable expressivity and technique (Early Music Magazine).” 

 

 Her work spans from collaborations on period instruments with the Grammy award-winning tenor Karim Sulayman, in their acclaimed and timely album, “Where Only Stars Can Hear Us (Avie Records),”  to explorations into Romantic and Classical performance practice with cellist Kate Bennett Wadsworth (Brahms Cello Sonatas, Deux-Elles), baroque violinist Abby Karr (Mendelssohn Violin Sonatas, Olde Focus), and harpsichordist Rebecca Cypess (“Sisters Face-to-Face” Acis). 

 

The 2021-22 season includes appearances on fortepiano in the Helicon Series, the Carnegie Hall Vocal Recital Series, and the Phillips Collection. As a soloist and collaborator, she has performed at such venues as The Boston Early Music Festival, The New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series at Merkin Hall, The Serenata of Santa Fe Series, The Finchcocks Collection, The Cobbe Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival.
 

Ms. Yang holds a doctorate in piano from the Juilliard School, and studied there with Veda Kaplinksy, Robert McDonald, Julian Martin. She studied fortepiano with Stanley Hoogland at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She has received grants from The Mustard Seed Foundation’s Harvey Fellowship, and The Dutch Ministry of Culture’s Huygens Award. Ms. Yang is on the faculty of The Juilliard School’s Precollege and College Divisions. She has also taught at The Mannes School of Music and Rutgers University. A director of The Academy for Fortepiano Performance in Hunter, NY she is the creator of their Online International Fortepiano Salon Series.

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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