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 #4: Saturday, April 24th, 2 pm EDT 
UK: 7.00 pm (19.00)
Western Europe: 8.00 pm (20.00)
Guest Host: Patricia Garcia Gil
at the Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori piano collection in Florence, Italy
Women composers: the Salonnière and the piano in the 18th-19th century

            Many women composers and pianists were well known in the music circles and salons of their time but were forgotten soon after their death. The women whose works we present today were all in their time although they published few of their piano compositions. Salons were usually held by prominent women or Salonnières. Their guests discussed literature, philosophy, music, art and shared their views and opinions. The Salon provided a unique opportunity for female artists to share their knowledge and skills on a semi-public platform--and in some cases the Salonnière was the artist herself, who organized private concerts. Today's program includes music by Madame Brillon, Marianne von Martinez, Marianne von Auenbrugger, Hélène de Montgeroult, Maria Szymanowska, Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn, and Pauline Garcia Viardot.

Featuring performances by Patricia Garcia Gil, Gili Loftus, Vivian Montgomery, Maria Rose, and Yiheng Yang. A text document with detailed program will be sent with the viewing links on April 23.

        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. We also invite you to a Zoom reception after the Salon. Please sign up again on the Submission form if you can join us on April 24!


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

       The Salon Series will continue on a monthly basis, with subsequent events in May, June and in the fall of 2021. Each Salon will be led by invited internationally renowned guest artists from all over the world. Look here for updates.


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