by Peter Aaron
The museum contains a piano from Mozart’s era, a piano owned and signed by Liberace, a rare Beethoven-era 1842 John Broadwood semi-grand, a Liszt-era 1873 Erard Paris grand, a 1783 Stein Viennese pianoforte, an 1803 Muzio Clementi square grand, an 1869 Henri Herz upright, an 1896 Bechstein 6-foot parlor grand, and others.
Here’s some audio of Pleshakov playing Asioli’s 1795 Sonata on a 1795 Broadwood grand piano:
The Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Piano Performance Museum is located in the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter, New York. The museum is open for walk-in tours Fridays and Saturdays from 12-4pm. For more information, call (518) 263-2036 or visit http://www.catskillmtn.org/index.html.