The Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Piano Performance Museum


The Academy of Fortepiano Performance
International Fortepiano Salon Series
Past events:
Salon #1: Saturday, January 30, 8 pm EST
Hosts: Yiheng Yang and Maria Rose
"Meet my Piano"















The first International Fortepiano Salon, "Meet My Piano", on Saturday, January 30th was a great success--more than 80 people joined us from as far away as California, Switzerland, and China. AFP Faculty members Maria Rose and Yi-heng Yang introduced the series and performed brief fortepiano pieces by Haydn and Nicholas Séjan from their home. They also introduced the annual workshop of the Academy of Fortepiano Performance and played an excerpt from their concert on the newly acquired 1826 Graf Piano at the Piano Performance Museum in Hunter, NY. Participants included Matthew Bengtson, Charles Metz in California, and Audrey Vardanega in New York City; playing works by Mozart and Beethoven. If you missed the event you can still see it on Youtube:

Salon #2: Saturday, February 27, 2 pm EST 
Guest host: Matthew Bengtson from Ann Arbor, Michigan
"From Ann Arbor to Florence and Vienna"


Matthew Bengtson, Professor at the University of Michigan, co-hosted the second salon, following his exciting and warmly-received Mozart performance in Salon #1. Matthew performed the first movement of Beethoven's sonata op. 31/1 and introduced his student Angie Zhang, who played a movement of Mozart K.310. Wellknown fortepianist Richard Fuller in Vienna played a movement of a Johann Baptist Wanhall sonata, Patricia Garcia Gil gave us a brief tour of the Laboratorio of the collection "Academia Bartolomeo Cristofori" in Florence and played the first movement of Beethoven's op. 13 sonata. Finally, Hilda Huang (New York) played a sonata of C.P.E. Bach and an open discussion ended the program.
Next event:

Salon #3: Saturday, March 27, 2 pm EST

Host: Pierre Goy, Geneva, Switzerland

"Beethoven according to Moscheles: Legato playing, pedalling and piano traditions in the 19th century"

Pierre Goy, guest artist at AFP in 2018, will introduce and explain a project he undertook with his students in Geneva and Lausanne. Based on Ignaz Moscheles' 1858 edition of Beethoven sonatas, the students will explore their interpretation on three different 19th-century pianos (1820, 1866, 1898) and discuss how the pianos offered different insights into the music and how their interpretation changed with the different instruments. English subtitles are provided.

Upcoming events:

Salon #4: Saturday, April 24

Hosts: Yiheng Yang and Maria Rose

"Women (some Men), Salons, and Pianos"

Guest host: Patricia Garcia Gil

From the Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori in Florence, Italy

Salon #5: Saturday, May 22/23, 8 pm EST

Hosts: Audrey Axinn, Yuang Sheng,Tianjin/Bejing, China

Salon #6: Saturday, June 26, 8 pm EST

Host: Andrew Willis, Greensboro, North Carolina

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