The Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Piano Performance Museum


The Academy of Fortepiano Performance
International Fortepiano Salon Series
Hosted by AFP faculty members Maria Rose and Yi-heng Yang

The International Fortepiano Salon Series presents informal free online performances and discussions with fortepi­ano performers--students and professionals--anywhere, hosted by AFP faculty and guest artists around the world. If you are interested in performing (live or prerecorded) in one of the Salons, please let us know by sending an email to

Salon #11 on Sunday, October 23, at 2 pm EDT

Historical Improvisation: The next generation

With Nathan Mondry and Suren Barry


A new generation of thinkers and musical talents are leading the charge in reviving the practice of improvisation on historical instruments and in historical styles. Nathan Mondry, composer and improviser, studied historical improvisation at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, and is a key specialist in this field. He is currently a doctoral student at Cornell University. He will be joined by Suren Barry, who wrote his doctoral thesis on Mozart Cadenza improvisation at McGill University and continues to explore historical improvisation practice as a current student at the Juilliard School. Suren is also teaching assistant for Yiheng Yang for her courses on improvisation at the Juilliard School’s historical performance department. 


The Salon will explore themes such as reinvigorating the performance and interpretation of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic music repertoire through improvisation, sharing of learning tools, and have plenty of live performances and improv on historical keyboards.











Nathan Mondry                                        Suren Barry

Links to watch it on Youtube or Facebook will be posted


several days before the event

Or register on the registration page and we will send you a reminder


Salon #10 on Saturday April 23 at 8 pm EDT

Guest hosts: Sylvia Berry (Boston) and Chie Hirai (Japan)

"The fortepiano connection: From Amsterdam to Boston and Japan"

Salon 10 featured fortepianists Sylvia Berry and Chie Hirai performing piano music of Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi, and Schubert. Berry and Chie met years ago while studying the fortepiano in Holland and are now established fortepianists with their own unique accomplishments in their respective countries, the U.S. (Boston) and Japan (Tokyo). Their friendship and mutual respect will be evident as they share their latest research and projects, and their lives as fortepianists in general.


Salon host Yiheng Yang will also share a sneak peak of her recent recording of music by Fanny Hensel, Robert Schumann, and Franz Schubert. This album, entitled Free Spirits: Early Romantic Music on the Graf Piano, will be released in May on the Deux-Elles label.

To watch it again:

Due to the large interest, we moved from the Zoom platform to StreamYard, which provides a much better quality of sound, but prevent us from seeing everyone. Audiences will receive links to the live event on the YouTube and Facebook platforms. All participants are therefore strongly encouraged to make themselves known through comments and questions.


         For more general information, see the "About" section.

       The next Salons will take place in the fall of 2022. Each Salon will be led by invited internationally renowned guest artists from all over the world. Look here for updates!