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Andrew Appel at the Harpsichord, photo by David Rodgers

Online Early Music Master Class with Andrew Appel

ACMP is proud to present an online Early Music Masterclass with harpsichordist and conductor Andrew Appel of the Four Nations Ensemble on:
Saturday, February 12 from 1pm to 4pm EST on Zoom. 
The focus will be on Händel Sonatas and Trio Sonatas and early and late piano trios by Joseph Haydn.
Violin sonatas (with continuo: keyboard and cello)
Flute sonatas (with continuo: keyboard and cello)
Trio Sonata in B minor for flute, violin, keyboard and cello
Early and late piano trios (violin, cello and piano)
The class is open to serious amateur ensembles who want to rehearse in advance of the master class and be prepared to work with Andrew Appel on the finer details of performance practice and stylistic phrasing. Performers on modern and/or period instruments are welcome - as are transcriptions.
The class will take place on Zoom - and ensembles will be expected to play together in the same room, ideally with some decent sound equipment (if possible) for optimum sound quality and listener enjoyment. (We trust that ensembles will take COVID precautions - masks, vaccines, ventilation, etc.)

ONE MEMBER of the ensemble should fill out this survey to be considered as an active participant for this special class:

Early Music Master Class with Andrew Appel Ensemble Sign-Up Sheet

Application Deadline: Friday, January 14 (by the end of the day)
Ensembles will be notified of their participation and repertoire on or before Monday, January 10.
ACMP will choose 4 ensembles to participate, based on what will make the best balance for the class. If you are not chosen this time around, there will be other opportunities!

About Andrew Appel, harpsichord & fortepiano:

Andrew Appel, Artistic Director of the Four Nations Ensemble, performs throughout Europe and the United States as soloist in many festivals including Italy's Spoleto Festival, New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, and the Redwoods Festival. As recitalist, Mr. Appel has performed at Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, as well as halls from the Music Academy of the West to the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Besides his work with The Four Nations Ensemble, he has been a guest of Chatham Baroque, the Smithsonian Players, and Orpheus. He serves as harpsichordist for Opera Lafayette and has toured with several European chamber orchestras. He has enjoyed critical acclaim for his solo recording of Bach works with Bridge Records as well as his fortepiano performances of Haydn for ASV. He presently records for ASV and Smithsonian recordings.

As an educator, Appel has been called upon to create significant programs in arts education for elementary school students and professional development for teachers. Appel created a program linking the Amarillo Symphony to the public schools in that city, “Music makes the Difference.” In Chatham, New York, Appel organized festivals of culture and history for third through sixth graders while instituting “salon discussions” between the teachers of Chatham and art curators, dance historians, musicologists, and arts journalists. Both programs have made significant additions to the lives of participating school communities. With Four Nations and funding from Chamber Music America, Appel has designed and run residencies in communities around the country with kindergarten through college students, most recently in St. Cloud, MN.

As a writer, Mr. Appel has written program notes and articles for presenters around the country including Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and National Public Radio. Mr. Appel has participated in discussions on education and chamber music programming at conferences of Chamber Music America, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the New York State Council on the Arts. He currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of Chamber Music America. He has been regularly praised for pre-concert talks that contextualize the music and open areas of discovery for the audience.

A native of New York City, Appel discovered the harpsichord at 14 and began lessons with Tim Read and Igor Kipnis. First-prize winner of the Erwin Bodkey Competition in Boston, he holds an international soloist degree from the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp where he worked with Kenneth Gilbert and a Doctorate from the Juilliard School under Albert Fuller. There he has taught harpsichord and music history. Appel has also taught harpsichord, chamber music, music history and humanities courses at Moravian College, Princeton University, and New York Polytech, now a division of NYU.