Academy of Fortepiano Performance 2022 
June 11-19 2022

Workshop and Festival

a practical immersion into the world of fortepianos

"Composition and Improvisation: Beyond the Score"

Fortepiano concerts:

June 11:
Faculty members Audrey Axinn, Yiheng Yang, Maria Rose, and guest Sylvia Berry

June 18: 
Pierre Goy

Masterclasses and workshops:

June 17: Masterclass by Pierre Goy
June 13: Masterclass by Sylvia Berry

June 14: Historical Improvisation Workshop by John Mortenson 

June 16: "Galant Continuo" Workshop by Therese de Goede

Daily Lessons, Practice Time, and Open Classes on a wide collection of historical fortepianos

Final Student Concert (video recording)


The Academy of Fortepiano Performance is expanding its offerings in the world of historical pianos, while adapting to the current realities of COVID-19. 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.   

The Academy welcomes new additions to the Piano Performance Museum, including an original 1825 grand piano by Conrad Graf and two mid-19th-century grand pianos by John Broadwood 

To Apply: Please submit application on this website, and send a brief sound or video recording to

The 2022 Academy of Fortepiano Performance will take place on 11-19 June, 2022 at the Piano Performance Museum in Hunter, NY


Apply Here 

Applications are due March 15, 2022. If offered placement, full tuition is required before May 15, 2022.



Attendance Costs Resident Students:

$1400  (includes tuition, room, and board and all events) double occupancy room

$1500 same with private room (single occupancy) and bath


Attendance Costs Day Students:

$900 (tuition and all events)


Auditor’s Fee: