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Centre Sébastien Erard

The Centre Sébastien Erard is the research branch of the Gaveau-Erard-Pleyel archives, property of the AXA insurance group. The centre was created in 2010, in partnership with the Association Ad Libitum, Centre International du Pianoforte, in order to make the archives more accessible to scholars. The Gaveau-Erard-Pleyel archives are composed of the instrumental and archival collections of the three most important instrument-making firms in France. This archive (of instruments, books, correspondence, ledgers and account books, patents, royal privileges, engravings, paintings, photographs, drawings, tools, films, etc.) tells the story of harp and piano making from the end of the eighteenth century until the middle of the twentieth century, in France and all over the world.

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MIMO - Musical Instrument Museum


The world's largest freely accessible database for information on musical instruments held in public collections with a atabase containing the records of 75,305 instruments.

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MIRN - Musical Instrument Resourse Network UK

MIRN (formerly MISSN) is a Subject Specialist Network (SSN) for musical instrument collectors and collections in the UK. MIRN offers workshops, seminars and advice surgeries on topics that have an impact on the care, maintenance, display and use of musical instruments, especially those with a heritage interest.

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Musee de la Musique

Within the Philharmonie de Paris, the Museum of Music represents a collection of more than 7,000 instruments and art objects, with almost 1,000 on exhibit in the permanent exhibition space, including national treasures and legendary instruments such as a piano belonging to Chopin and a guitar belonging to Brassens. The museum presents a history of Western music from the 17th century to today and an overview of the main musical cultures of the world.

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MINIM-UK (Musical Instruments Interface for Museums and Collections) is the largest virtual collection of historically significant musical instruments in the UK, led by the Royal College of Music in major partnership with the Royal Academy of Music, the Horniman Museum and University of Edinburgh. The project has been supported thanks to an award from Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE’s) Catalyst Fund.  The resource allows the exploration of c.20,000 individual instruments held in more than 100 venues in the UK.

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Royal College of Music Museum

The Royal College of Music Museum contains more than 25,000 musical treasures, including the earliest known guitar, the earliest stringed keyboard instrument and the most recognised portraits of Joseph Haydn and Farinelli.  The Erard ledgers, covering 1797-1917, and housed in the Royal College of Music library.

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Robert Adelson, musicologist and


Robert Adelson is a musicologist and organologist, and Professor of Music History and Organology at the Conservatoire de Nice. He is a specialist on the history of the harp, and has also published widely on the piano, the clarinet, opera, and the sociology of music. He is the author of The History of the Erard Piano and Harp in Letters and Documents, 1785–1959 (2 vols., Cambridge University Press, 2015), Women Writing Opera: Creativity and Controversy in the Age of the French Revolution (University of California Press, 2001; Écrire l’opéra au féminin : Compositrices et librettistes sous la Révolution française (Lyon: Symétrie, 2017), and a critical edition of the opera Le Mariage d’Antonio (1786) by Lucile Grétry (AR Editions, 2008). 

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Masumi Nagasawa

Masumi Nagasawa is one of the few harpists to perform on the modern Grand Harp, the single-action pedal harp (18th-19th century historical harp), the Irish harp and the kugo or Japanese ancient harp. She studied modern harp with Phia Berghout at the Conservatory in Maastricht and historical harp with Mara Galassi. She gained her solo diploma cum laude as well as the award of the Prix d’Excellence. She received the Muramatsu Music Prize Grand Prix Japan in 1990, awarded only to prestigious musicians. She has since been invited to International Festivals and also to various International Harp competitions as a jury member, these including the Concours de harpe Lily Laskine in Paris. Numerous of her CDs are released by Toshiba EMI Japan, Etcetera and Channel Classics.

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Michael Parfett Conservation Studios

Michael Parfett has been running a busy conservation studio in central London for nearly 20 years, working on European and world furniture, old and new harps and pianos, as well as gilded and polychromed finishes to furniture, frames, objects and objects d'art.

Recognised around the world as a leading restorer of antique harps, Michael Parfett has a selection of 18th and 19th century harps for sale including Erard, Naderman and other makes. 

From a major rebuild and refurbishment to minimal intervention, Michael Parfett takes on all types of conservation and restoration work and can give condition reports for collections and individual items. 

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Musical Instrument Museum, Brussels

In a beautifully restored complex in Brussels, of which one part is Art Nouveau and the other, neoclassical in design, the 1100 most interesting instruments are assembled in 4 galleries, enhanced by images and text panels. In addition the mim has a concert hall, a space for workshops (for groups and by reservation only), a museum shop, a library and a rooftop restaurant, from where the breathtaking view over the city gives a unique flavour to the menu

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Münchner Stadtmuseum 

A "sound museum" is what the Munich collector and founder of the "Städtische Musikinstrumenten-Sammlung" (Municipal Musical Instrument Collection), Georg Neuner (1904-1962), had in mind. Along with the beauty and multiformity of musical instruments, it was their use in diverse cultures that served as the criterion for Neuner’s collecting, which embraced every conceivable kind of sound production.  Besides well-known instrument makers from Munich like Michael Saurle (1772-1845, brass instruments), Theobald Böhm (1794-1881, transverse flutes) and Hermann Hauser (1882-1952, strings), the Music Collection also features international masters. These include the brothers Antonius and Hieronymus Amati (1555/56-1640, violin), Adolphe Saxe (1814-1894, an entire set of saxophones) and Georges Cousineau (1733-1800, several harps).

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Deutches Museum

Museum of Science and Technology, including a colletion of musical instruments including harps.

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