Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards fosters original and imaginative approaches to the performance and study of keyboard instruments, their technological underpinnings, their intersections with other arts, and their participation in the global currents of cultural and social history.


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End of Year Gala Concert and Symposium

The CCHK presents an end-of-year gala celebration on December 10–11. Xak Bjerken, Roger Moseley, Malcolm Bilson, and Mike Lee will share the Barnes Hall stage alongside guest artist Martha Guth and students on multiple instruments from the center’s collection. This will be followed the next day by a mini-symposium with guest speakers on the topic of instrument conservation and collection management. The weekend will conclude with a celebration of the career of our longtime colleague and friend, Ken Walkup, who not only has served as Cornell’s chief piano technician but has been a key contributor to the Center’s maturation in more ways than we can acknowledge.

Ken Walkup
Ken Walkup

COVID-19 Protocols

All in-person events will follow current Cornell COVID-19 protocols. Compliance with the university’s mask mandate will be required for all audience members. Please note the following public health requirements:

All attendees who are current Cornell students or employees must show their Cornell ID for admission to events. Cornell employees must complete the Daily Check prior to attendance.

All attendees who are not current Cornell employees or students (such as alumni, visitors, guests, parents, community members, third party event attendees and others) must provide one of the following: 1) proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine; 2) results of a negative FDA- or DOH-authorized PCR, rapid PCR, or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) COVID-19 test collected within 72 hours of the event start; or 3) an FDA-authorized antigen test performed on a specimen collected within six hours of the event start.


New Web Content from Future Imperfect: Brahms and the Passage of Time

As a teaser for the final events of Future Imperfect: Brahms and the Passage of Time – a performance of variations on Friday, November 12 and the Op. 8 Piano Trio on Saturday, November 13 – we are delighted to upload new web content based on two events from earlier in the series: a roundtable with Jacquelyn Sholes and a performance by Malcolm Bilson.

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Hands Playing Organ

Fall 2021 Season Announcement

Organ recitals this semester bring you the multifaceted music of the Northern European baroque, balancing the splendid with the learned, the glittering with the melancholic. The semester’s piano events, meanwhile, explore works by Haydn, Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, and more, on several of the Center’s distinctive array of instruments.

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History, Music, Physics Harmonize in Keyboard Project

Elizaveta Zabelina ’24’s project demonstrates how instruments, performance and research intersect at the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards. “Both the act of performing and doing technical work inside the mechanism involve a developing relationship between the human and the instrument,” Zabelina said. “I’m observing and participating in the relationship between material and immaterial.”

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Conrad Graf Piano (Opus 502, gift of Nancy Garrett) Arrives in Ithaca

The Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards is delighted to announce the arrival of Conrad Graf Opus 502 (ca. 1823-24) into our collection. The piano is the generous gift of Nancy Garrett, Professor Emeritus of Piano at the Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin (who is also the benefactor of our 1799 Broadwood).

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Research Profile

Developing a Contemporary Performance Practice

richard valitutto

DMA candidate Richard Valitutto documents his ongoing work into the music, performance practice, and personality of Julius Eastman.


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