Catskill Mountain Foundation Academy of Fortepiano Performance Presents 10 International Fortepiano Show
The Academy of Fortepiano Performance at the Catskill Mountain Foundation presents International Fortepiano Salon 10, The Fortepiano Connection: From Amsterdam to Japan and Boston, April 23, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT).
Salon 10 features celebrated fortepianos Sylvia Berry and Chie Hirai performing piano music by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. Berry and Chie met years ago while studying fortepiano in Holland and are now established fortepianos with their own unique accomplishments in their respective countries of the United States (Boston) and Japan. Their friendship and mutual respect will be evident as they share their latest research and projects, and their life as a fortepiano in general.
Show host Yiheng Yang will also share a preview of her recent music recording by Fanny Hensel, Robert Schumanand Francois Schubert. This album, entitled “Free Spirits: Early Romantic Music on the Graf Piano”, will be released in May on the Deux-Elles label.
Sylvia Berry is one of North America’s foremost exponents of historical keyboard instruments. A Philadelphia native based in the Boston area, she has played countless types of pianoforte, harpsichord, organ, and clavichord, including many notable antiques. His recording of Haydn’s “London Sonatas” on an 1806 Broadwood & Son grand piano (#3448, restored by Dale Munschy) received critical acclaim; a reviewer from Early Music America proclaimed her “a complete master of rhetoric, whether in the driving passages or the adagios cantabiles”, while a review from Fanfare said, “To say that Berry plays these works with vigor, vigor, verve and vitality, is actually a bit of an understatement.” Of her concerts, Cleveland Classical enthused: “Her splendid playing took her up and down the keyboard in lightning-fast scales and passages, and her thrilling full-voiced chords allowed the fortepiano to s assert as a true solo instrument.” Although primarily a pianoforte, Berry’s engagement with a wide variety of keyboard instruments and repertoire has informed his musicianship and understanding of historical performance practices for 25 years.
Chie Hirai studied piano at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, obtaining a Bachelor of Music in 1997 before specializing in fortepiano with Stanley Hoogland at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she obtained her Master’s degree in 2002 with distinction. In 2006, the inaugural recital of Chie’s recital series, “Composers Fascinated by Viennese Pianos”, was enthusiastically received by critics: “The music had its own breath under his fingers, the instrument must have been quite difficult to control, but she had complete control to allow him to choose the right sounds with the right taste. The performance was of the highest quality.” (MUSICA NOVA, Tokyo) In the years that followed, Chie achieved international fame through competitions and performances, having been described as “the expert on this instrument… (a) virtuoso without any trace of vanity …” (Wiener Zeitung) Chie is currently in demand as a soloist and chamber musician in various ensembles in Europe and Japan.
Academy of Fortepiano Performance (AFP) will hold its annual workshop and festival from June 11-19, 2022. AFP co-founders Audrey Axinn, Maria Rose and Yi-heng Yang hosted a full program including masterclasses with Sylvia Berry and Pierre Goy, an improvisation workshop with John Mortensen“Galant Continuo” with Thérèse de Goede, and concerts by teachers, students and Pierre Goy.
Watch the free virtual trade show on Facebook and YouTube on April 23, 2022 at 8 p.m. EDT. Register on catskillmtn.org or academyfortepiano.org to receive Salon 10 links. For more information on the Academy of Fortepiano Performance International Salon 10 or the Academy of Fortepiano Performance Workshop and Festival, visit catskillmtn.org or academyfortepiano.org.