Historical Piano Summer Academy

We proudly invite you to our first Historical Piano Summer Academy to be held at the Orpheus Institute, July 3 – 12, 2018. In collaboration with Pianos Maene, Ruiselede (Belgium) Directed by Tom Beghin (Orpheus Institute and McGill University) and Erin Helyard (University of Melbourne).

Are you a pianist currently enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral degree? Does your artistic research raise vexing questions about historical pianos? Are you craving hands-on experience on a certain type of instrument?

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This ten-day academy puts at your disposal an impressive collection of nine historical pianos of English, French, and Viennese design, from the period 1780–1840, either newly built or restored. You will be able to experiment with them, practice on them, share your questions and findings, and receive feedback from fellow participants and instructors. You will also join a performance experiment, entitled Concours révolutionnaire. Putting in focus a newly built 1803 Erard piano en forme de clavecin, we will imagine and rehearse what it meant to be an ambitious piano student in the early years of the Paris Conservatoire. Hoping to win that prestigious premier prix, each of us will prepare and perform a “prize winning” sonata.

This event is part of the Research Cluster, Declassifying the Classics, led by Prof. Tom Beghin at the Orpheus Institute.

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