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 #6: Saturday, June 26, 8 pm EDT 
"Why Cristofori Matters"

Guest Host: Fortepianist Andrew Willis, Distinguished Professor of Music at UNC Greensboro, NC

In 1700 Bartolomeo Cristofori launched a revolution in keyboard technology with the invention of the first hammered action, which laid the foundation for all subsequent developments in piano construction. 

Cristofori's action and its lasting influence will be discussed in a brief illustrated lecture.  Performances on replicas of the first types of pianos with Cristofori's action will be followed by piano music on instruments by the great builders who followed in Cristofori's footsteps: Silbermann, Broadwood, Walter, Pleyel, and Bösendorfer.  Pianists Andrew Willis, Nathan Mondry, Stephanie Schmidt, Mengfei Xu, and Robin Morace will be heard in works of Alberti, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Corri, Chopin, Clara Schumann, and Mondry.  

A zoom reception will follow the event


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. All participants are therefore strongly encouraged to make themselves known through comments and questions. 


Please join us again by submitting the registration form!


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

       The Salon Series will continue after the summer on a monthly basis, with subsequent events in September, October, and November 2021. Each Salon will be led by invited internationally renowned guest artists from all over the world. Look here for updates!