was one of the most innovative instrument builders of all time. At the end of the 17th century he invented the piano action with escapement. His new instrument was described for the first time in the year 1700 as „Arpicimbalo di Bartolomeo Cristofori, di nuova inventione, che fa il piano e il forte“. Over a period of 30 years he worked constantly to perfect his action. In the 1740s Gottfried Silbermann copied Cristofori's action down to the smallest detail for his Piano Fort.
Bartolomeo Cristofori (1665 – 1732)
has worked for many years on Bartolomeo Cristofori and Gottfried Silbermann, the two most important figures of the early history of the piano. She studies their instruments and builds faithful copies of the original instruments (pianos, harpsichords, clavichords) which have survived in various museums. She also restores historic keyboard instruments, gives lectures, hires a Cristofori and a Silbermann piano and produces music CD's
20th Silbermann Festival 2013
Concert recording 14th Sep. 2013 Glashütte
A Clavecin Roïal, a German square piano with a special Stoßmechanik and various stops as well as a Silbermann piano and a Cristofori piano are under construction.
Instrument hire/ Teaching
Since October 2017 I am teaching the building of historical keyboard instruments at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten (KASK) in Ghent/ Belgium.