The association

Who are we ?

The association La Nouvelle Athènes - Centre des pianos romantique strives to promote a rereading of the romantic repertoire on period pianos.

Its ambition is to constitute a collection of period pianos of general interest allowing pianists and their artistic partners :

  • access to original pianos in places emblematic of the history of romanticism

  • while sharing knowledge and practices among its members (harpsichordists, specialized and modern pianists, collectors, restorers, musicologists and music lovers) and towards the public.

Our association refers both to the Parisian district of La Nouvelle Athènes, which brought together around 1830 the romantics George Sand, Chopin, Scheffer, and the piano maker Camille Pleyel, and to the spirit of dialogue and "Athenian" exchange desired among its members.

La Nouvelle Athènes - conceived collectively - in a spirit of dialogue between modern pianists, harpsichordists, "historically informed" pianists, restorers, collectors and musicologists, has been able to federate and propose in barely a year, several times of sharing, transmission of knowledge and practices, the provision of first period pianos, the starting point of a collection of general interest

concerts, records and masterclasses

The Parisian and European craze for La Nouvelle Athènes corresponds to a fundamental movement in the world of the piano; to an imperative need to renew and rediscover in depth the great know-how of the 18th and 19th century keyboard tradition:
  • through the knowledge and practice of period instruments

  • through an in-depth understanding of the language, aesthetics and playing techniques of this past.

More than 24 days of meetings/Master classes

Festival December 11, 18, 20, 2019 Salle Cortot

Residency at the Petit Palais Museum May 18 - June 30, 2019

Artists, Musicologists, Art masters

Figures from the piano world participate in these events:

  • modern" pianists such as Alain Planès, Florent Boffard from the CNSMDP, Thérèse Diette from the Ecole Normale de Musique A. Cortot, the solo pianist Bertrand Chamayou

  • des pianistes "modernes" comme Alain Planès, Florent Boffard du CNSMDP, Thérèse Diette de l'Ecole Normale de Musique A. Cortot, le pianiste soliste Bertrand Chamayou

  • historically informed pianists Edoardo Torbianelli Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, University of Arts of Bern, Costantino Mastroprimiano Conservatory of Perugia, Luca Montebugnoli CCR of Paris

  • harpsichordists Aline Zylberajch, Aurelien Delage, Philippe Grisvard

  • Masters of Art Christopher Clarke, Edwin Beunk, restorers Sylvie Fouanon, musicologists Cécile Reynaud (EPHE), Emmanuel Reibel (Lyon II)

  • laureates of the Royaumont Foundation (Tanguy de Williencourt, Benjamin D'Anfray, Laura Granero, Paulo Meireilles, Paul Drouet, Lucie de Saint Vincent, Artem Belogurov, Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde...)

  • music lovers...

  • institutions such as the Bach Academy, the Geelvinck Museum (NL)...

Founder of the association

La Nouvelle Athènes was founded in 2017 by Sylvie Brély -former founder of the Zig-Zag Territoires label and director of the Claviers program at the Royaumont Foundation- , director. The association's office is made up of volunteers.

The New Athens has nearly 90 members.