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Academy of Fortepiano Performance 2023 
May 28 to June 5

Workshop and Festival

a practical immersion into the world of fortepianos

"Style, Affect and Ornamentation"

Fortepiano concerts:

May 28:
Faculty members Audrey Axinn, Maria Rose, and Andrew Willis with guest artist Keiko Shichijo

June 3: 
Robert Levin, Masterclass and Lecture-Recital

Lectures and workshops

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

Final Student Concert (video recording)

Workshop for Singers and Fortepianists
"The German Lied Repertoire"
led by Drew Minter
June 6-June 12 2023

June 10:
Voice and Piano Faculty Concert
Drew Minter, Audrey Axinn, Maria Rose, and others

June 11: Student concert


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 2023 Academy of Fortepiano Performance will take place May 28-June 5, 2023 at the Piano Performance Museum in Hunter, NY. The Workshop for Singers and Fortepianists takes place June 6-12, 2023.


Apply Here 

Applications are due March 15, 2023. If offered placement, full tuition is required before May 15, 2023.



Attendance Costs Resident Piano Students May 28-June 5:

$1500  (includes tuition, room, and board and all events) double occupancy room

$1700 same with private room (single occupancy) and bath

Pianists and Singers June 6-12:

$900 (double occupancy)

$1000 (single occupancy)

Reduction for pianists who attend both workshop will be considered

Some scholarships available for advanced musicians


Attendance Costs Day Students:

$900 (tuition and all events); $600 for Singers and Pianists workshop


Auditor’s Fee:


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