I’m looking forward to spending several days at the Cini Foundation in Venice next week.

Set on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Cini Foundation ( hosts a wide range of cultural events, symposia and research projects. Cini also has two working pianos from the late 18th/ early 19th century, a 1787 Longman & Broderip Square, and a Jakesch grand from 1823. These are my main reason for going. I’ll be filming some footage about these pianos for the Cini’s webpages and giving a Haydn recital at 6pm on Friday 10 July (using the Jakesch grand). These pianos (which I encountered during a previous visit last November to perform Beethoven and Mozart Violin Sonatas with Davide Amodio) are among the unsung treasures of the CIni’s collections, and it is a real privilege to be involved in – hopefully – making them better known.


HAYDN Sonatas in A flat (Hob.XVI:46); in B minor (Hob.XVI:32); in G (Hob.XVI:40); in E flat (Hob.XVI:49).