Historical Piano Summer Academy

Historical Piano Summer Academy 2018

News May 28, 2018

Open events and a 'grand concours'

Early 2018 the Orpheus Institute launched the news and accompanying call for the first Historical Piano Summer Academy, led by Prof. Tom Beghin. Eight participants were selected and we're looking forward to an interesting summer! We welcome everyone to attend the open seminars, recitals and the 'grand concours'.

The notion of a “prize-winning sonata” may seem bizarre to us now, but in the first decade of the Paris Conservatoire, the confusion would have been unavoidable: which dazzles us more—the polished playing or the difficult composition? During this ten-day workshop, we rehearse a repertoire of piano pieces that won a premier prix for students and their teachers between 1797 and 1819.

With our 1803 Erard as its centerpiece, this ten-day workshop will explore what it meant to be a young and ambitious piano student at a new and revolutionary French institution that made professional performance its core business.

Summer Academy 2018

Directed by 
Tom Beghin (Orpheus Institute) & Erin Helyard (University of Melbourne)

Hannah Aelvoet (Belgium), Domitille Bès (France), Shin Hwang (USA), Luca Montebugnoli (Italy), Márcio Reverbel (Brazil), Liselotte Sels (Belgium), Joshua Villanueva (USA), Akkra Yeunyonghattaporn (Thailand)

Special guests
Jeanne Roudet (Sorbonne Université, IReMus), Frédéric de La Grandville (Université de Reims), Prach Boondiskulchok (Orpheus Institute), Ellie Nimeroski (Orpheus Insitute)

The following events are open to the public and take place in the Orpheus Institute Concert Hall, Korte Meer 12, 9000 Ghent (BE):


Tue, July 3, 14:00-15:30  Erin Helyard, The French Clementi

Wed, July 4, 14:00-15:30  Tom Beghin, The French Beethoven

Thu, July 5, 14:00-15:30  Jeanne Roudet, Lire la modernité de la Méthode de piano du Conservatoire, 1800-1810

Mon, July 9, 18:00-19:30  Ellie Nimeroski, Judging the Concours

Tue, July 10, 14:00-15:30  Frédéric de La Grandville, À propos de l’enseignement du pianoforte au Conservatoire de Paris vers 1810


Thu, July 5, 20:00  Tom Beghin, Works by Beethoven (Grande sonate Op. 53, “Waldstein”) and Steibelt (Caprice Op. 24 No. 3 and Grande sonate Op. 64)

Fri, July 6, 20:00  Erin Helyard, Works by Clementi (Capriccio Op. 34 No. 2, Sonatas Op. 33 No. 2 and Op. 50 No. 1)

Sun, July 8, 17:00 Lecture-recital by Prach Boondiskulchok, Composing for the Fortepiano: Historicity and Idiosyncrasies

A GRAND CONCOURS featuring all participants

at the Ceremonial Room of the Hotel D’Hane-Steenhuyse, Veldstraat 55, 9000 Ghent (BE):

Wed, July 11

Session 1, 14:00 Sonata Op. 7 No. 3 – J. B. Cramer & Sonata Op. 33 No. 3 – M. Clementi

Session 2, 15:30 Sonata Op. 2 No. 1 – H. de Montgeroult & Sonata C Op. 8 No. 2 – L. Adam

Session 3, 17:00 Fantasy Op. 18 – J. N. Hummel & Sonata Op. 5 – P. Zimmermann

Session 4, 18:30 Sonata Op. 1 – F. Hérold & “Dagobert” Variations – L. Adam

Distribution des prix20:00