Center for Historical Keyboards

With professor emeritus Malcolm Bilson’s fortepianos at its core, the concert-ready instrument collection of the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards encompasses a wide range of 18th- through early 20th-century pianos, as well as Cornell’s outstanding organs, harpsichords, clavichords, and other keyed instruments into the 21st century. Through artist and scholar residencies, festivals, workshops, concerts, and masterclasses, the Center’s programs explore the history and technology of keyboard instruments from the earliest organs to the MOOG synthesizer, their influence in music and the arts, and the larger impact on global social history.

Explore the collection and programs.

For questions about the Center, including room access and instrument loan requests, please email .

We also serve as the administrative office of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies and its journal Keyboard Perspectives.