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Center for Historical Keyboards

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The Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards offers a new hub for historical keyboard studies at Cornell. With professor emeritus Malcolm Bilson’s fortepianos at its core, the collection 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. The Center’s new room at 726 University Avenue provides a rotating home for parts of this superb collection of concert-ready keyboard instruments; a collaborative space for researchers, performers, and students; and an array of programming and resources of interest to specialists and the public.

Through artist and scholar residencies, festivals, workshops, concerts, and masterclasses—at “726,” across Cornell, and beyond—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. The Center also supports Cornell Music Department's long-standing relationship with the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, with which collaborations continue.

~ click on photos to see a gallery of the instruments ~

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For questions about the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards, please email the program coordinator, Kiko Nobusawa at

We also serve as the administrative office of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, and the annual journal Keyboard Perspectives published by the Westfield Center.

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