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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Fall 2021 Season Announcement

The Cornell Center of Historical Keyboards warmly welcomes you to our Fall 2021 program offerings. This season our events will comprise a mixture of live concerts, lecture-presentations, and salons across different performance spaces on the Cornell campus with a selection to be made available online.

Henryk Siemiradzki, 1887
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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