We welcome special friends, donors and champions to be part of our incredible, multi-phase journey to establish the Centre for Keyboard Performance and Research (WAAPA).
To establish the Centre, the total funding required is $4.2 million
Restoration of Flagship Instruments
Seventeen pianos in the collection have been identified for their historical and cultural significance. These instruments are extremely rare—some are the sole remaining survivors of their type—and exceptionally beautiful and important.
Each restoration project will require a Master Restorer, only found in Europe, to rebuild and repair the instruments. The piano restoration will be staged over a period of years due to the expertise and unique materials required. Most of the instruments will be sent overseas for restoration, though it is envisaged that we will also attract European restorers to Australia for residencies.
The restoration process will offer extensive opportunities to undertake and document the dying art of restoration as well as offering collaboration across disciplines, such as Engineering to assist in finding/building/creating replacement materials for now unattainable resources, such as Ivory and Baleen.
Acquisition of Further Keyboard Instruments
The aim of The Centre is to house one of the world’s finest and most comprehensive collections of keyboard instruments. The Centre would join the ranks of those very few tertiary institutions in the world (London’s Royal Academy of Music, Edinburgh University, the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, Paris’s Cité de la Musique and the Brussels Conservatorium) whose teaching, performance and culturally-enriching outreach is underpinned by a keyboard instrument collection of renown, quality, quantity and significance.
In order to be recognised alongside these institutions, it is necessary to acquire further keyboard instruments to complement the current collection. By having keyboards representative of the major milestones in keyboard history, students will be able to undertake learning, playing and research on these instruments (replicas) reflective of composers, music and instruments of that time.
The Centre has identified that the best replicas available will need to be commissioned from leading maker of historical pianos, Paul McNulty. Additional acquisition of rare and irreplaceable originals, such as the Colt Clavier Collection, will be sourced from auctions in June 2018.
The Centre will become a hub of research, music making, learning and artistic enrichment and will quickly and firmly establish its presence through teaching programs, fellowships, concerts, recordings, conferences and research publications. The Centre will be led by a Professorial Chair, who will be of outstanding international-level. They will drive and inspire the development of The Centre’s programming.
In order to attract the most gifted students, The Centre aims to offer four PhD scholarships (4 x $100,000) and a collection of undergraduate scholarships (6 x $30,000).
These scholarships will drive enrolments and entice international students to undertake their studies at The Centre. They allow students to overcome barriers such as location, family costs or socio-economic circumstances.
In order to attract the top scholars and practitioners of Forte Piano, The Centre will offer residences to come study, perform and work alongside Centre experts.
Keyboard Restoration Scholarship
Like all crafts, the knowledge passed on from master to apprentice is passed on via oral tradition and is traditionally never documented.
To address this global issue of capturing the lost art of restoration, two practice-led PhD students will be apprenticed to one or more leading European restorers, to document the skills and techniques required to capture history. Depending upon the specific direction of the research project, the scholarship will be undertaken for approximately four years and students will be required to submit formal documentation capturing the methods of the allocated restorers (2 x $150,000).
In order to ensure the longevity of the collection, conservation will be an ongoing requirement. A perpetual fund that bears annual interest will pay for materials, transportation and care-taking of the collection.