The European Fortepiano Museum/Academy is an association created by 7 founding members based on Pooya Radbon's unique collection of early keyboard instruments. This word Museum/Academy reflects the activity of this association. It is a Fortepiano Museum but not like a typical museum being said -a number of valuable musical instruments some on display as useless objects only for watching a purpose they were certainly not created for centuries ago but a living museum of playable and none-playable hisotrical keyboards that await restoration. Each season one more dead fortepiano or harpsichord comes back to life to be shown and played by young and old, amateur and professionals.
The aim is to remove the ''Don't touch please'' phrase and concept of museums and update it to a modus that allows so many talented pianists, harpsichordists and organists who want to learn more and experience the great variety of the 18th century and early 19th century Harpsichords, Fortepianos, Clavichords, Pantalons, Spinets and Tangent pianos of not only Vienna but also England, France, Germany and Italy.
On one hand the location of this Museum/Academy is near Basel, doubtless the mecca of early music worlwide. On the other hand visiting this Museum/Academy and profiting from its YouTube Channel is what it offers the public.
Those who can visit the museum, its concerts and masterclasses benefit the most indeed.
The reason we call it a Museum/Academy and not just a Museum because in museums which are bound to governments (our museum is a non profit organization and works freely but the finances are -needless to say- checked by the German tax office) and politics, bureaucracy (which is the most time wasting thing that is the apposite of music, art and practicing, performing, recording etc.) one finds some few or in some cases some historically very important instruments that are some being exposed and some in museum cellars, nearly all being unrestored (because governments do not want to spend money to restoration projects in most cases) and visitors can watch these dead bodies as if they are furniture.
In our case it is based on one big collection whose owner is the restorer and curator and there are members who pay a little amount yearly to the association to keep and conservate these instruments that are being restored one by one so that our enthusiastic musicians can come, play, practice (for free) and give concerts, lecture recitals and make recordings (we have our own CD label). With the help of sponsors we try to regularly invite musicians and pay them to play concerts and do specially video recordings because these are nowadays the most viewed and certainly accessable for free for everybody so we do not only
have visitors and unrestored (but also restored) instruments to expose like museums but also
offer many musical activities as explained above to keyboardists, being modern pianists,
organists or harpsichordists and certainly fortepianists who seek to learn more about the
wonderful qualities of different types of historical keyboards, periods and styles.
To be able to continue this unique museum's activities we need more support and
serious donaters who understand the big capacities of all these musical events and
also talents that appear on our stage and find very good chances to shine.
Les objectifs de l'EFM
L'association a pour objet la promotion d'art et de culture dans le domaine des instruments historiques à clavier, en particulier de Fortepianos et instruments connexes des 18e et 19e siècles. L'objectif de l'association est réalisé notamment par :
- Promouvoir l'utilisation d'instruments à clavier historiques originaux et de répliques de ces instruments,
- promouvoir une pratique d'interprétation musicale à orientation historique dans le domaine du pianoforte, et développer, rechercher et publier des sources musicales des 18e et 19e siècles,
- stimulation et réalisation de conférences, réunions et concerts scientifiques,
- la création de formats virtuels qui servent l'objectif de l'Association,
- des conférences et des discussions sur des sujets liés à l'objet de l'Association,
- l'attribution et l'organisation de bourses d'études,
- la création de formats éducatifs, notamment pour la promotion des jeunes artistes,
- des expositions et des publications, en particulier celles qui semblent aptes à rendre compréhensibles l'art et la culture des instruments historiques à clavier,
- les efforts visant à préserver et à restaurer les instruments de valeur historique, en particulier les instruments à clavier,
- réaliser et promouvoir des projets de recherche dans le domaine de la science orientée vers l'histoire de la musique ou la facture instrumentale,
- honorer les personnalités qui ont rendu des services exceptionnels à la promotion de la culture du pianoforte,
- Création et entretien d'archives et de dépôts pour la conservation de documents et d'instruments importants sur le plan culturel et historique,
- d'exécuter toutes les mesures jugées appropriées pour atteindre les objectifs de l'Association.
L'Association agit de manière non lucrative ; elle ne poursuit pas en priorité ses propres objectifs économiques.
Aims and purposes of the EFM
The association exclusively and directly pursues charitable purposes in the sense of the section "tax-privileged purposes" of the german tax code. The purpose of the association is to promote art and culture in the field of historical keyboard instruments, in particular fortepianos of the 18th and 19th century fortepianos and related instruments. The purpose of the statutes shall be realised in particular by:
- Promoting the playing of original historical keyboard instruments as well as replicas,
- promoting historically oriented musical performance practice in the field of the fortepiano and developing, researching and publishing musical sources from the 18th and 19th centuries,
- Stimulation and realisation of scholarly conferences, meetings and concerts,
- creation of virtual formats that serve the purpose of the Association,
- lectures and discussions on topics related to the purpose of the Association,
- awarding and arranging scholarships,
- the creation of educational formats, especially for the promotion of young artists,
- exhibitions and publications, in particular those which appear suitable for making the art and culture of historical keyboard instruments tangible,
- efforts to preserve and restore historically valuable instruments, especially keyboard instruments,
- carrying out and promoting research projects in the field of music-historical or instrument-making oriented science,
- honouring personalities who have rendered outstanding services to the promotion of fortepiano culture,
- Establishment and maintenance of archives and depots for the preservation of culturally and historically significant documents and instruments,
- to carry out all measures deemed appropriate to achieve the aims of the Association.