Geelvinck Fortepiano Symposium – Call for papers

Location: Geelvinck Music Museum Zutphen
Date: Wednesday, August 14th, 2018, 10:30 – 17:00 hrs

The purpose of the 2018 Geelvinck Fortepiano Symposium is to advance our state of knowledge on the history, performance practices, repertoire and building techniques associated with historic pianos (i.e. fortepianos, square pianos and related instruments such as the clavichord and glass armonica) from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The symposium will be an essential element of the eighth edition of the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival.

The symposium intends to bring together scholars, professional performers, museum curators, collectors, builders, restorers and tuners, as well as students and knowledgeable amateurs from around the globe. The general discussion will center on the theme Fortepianos, Fashion & Dance. Papers (lectures and lecture-recitals) and poster presentations on other aspects of historic piano culture will also be considered, depending on their relevance and originality.

This edition, the symposium will include lectures, poster presentations and lecture-recitals, as well as a discussion panel and a ‘speakers’ corner’. The symposium will be moderated by Dr. Michael Tsalka, historic keyboard performer and the artistic director of the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival.

Our keynote speakers will be:
• Prof. Peter Sykes (USA), Boston University and Julliard School of Music
• Prof.Em. Dennis James (USA), glass armonica (formerly Rutgers University, New Jersey)

Guest speakers will also include Diana Weston (Australia), Peter Bavington (UK) together with Sander Ruys (Netherlands), Ratko Delorko (Germany) and Gabriele Toia (Italy). After the closing of the symposium, presenters are invited for an evening recital by Peter Sykes.

Proposals for papers, poster presentations or lecture-recitals

Please send your proposals to not later than June 18th, 2018.

The following information should be included in your email:
• Title of paper, poster presentation or lecture-recital
• Brief abstract (100-150 words max.)
• Program (in case of proposing a lecture-recital)
• Technical requirements for the presentation (e.g. screen-projector, laptop, preferred type of square piano, fortepiano or clavichord, etc.)
• Short biography of presenter (150 words max.)
• Headshot

Additional information

Presentation of papers should last a maximum of 20 minutes. Lecture-recitals are limited to 40 minutes. Poster presentations should be brief and last no more than 10 minutes. The speakers’ corner is for short announcements and requests (maximum 2 minutes each). For lecture-recitals, historic instruments will be made available by the Geelvinck Music Museum.

Please note that all presentations and recitals will be recorded on video for website publication and possibly live-stream. Presenters will not have to pay the participation fee for the symposium (including the concert by Peter Sykes), neither they will receive a remuneration. If required, overnight accommodation with host families can be arranged for them.
Potential presenters will be notified of the evaluating panel’s decision around June 22nd, 2018.

In case of an announcement or request intended for the speakers’ corner, this can be send to up till three days in advance of the symposium.


The historic city of Zutphen can easily be reached by train from Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport, Eindhoven Airport and Düsseldorf Airport.

More information and tickets

More information on the symposium and to book tickets, you will find here.