Gwendolyn Toth

Gwendolyn Toth is the director of the New York City-based early music ensemble, ARTEK, and a soloist on early keyboards (organ, harpsichord, fortepiano). She is married to harpsichordist Dongsok Shin, and they have three children.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Update on our fortepiano

Dongsok and I own an antique fortepiano, which on our summer travels in 2010 we determined was 99% likely to be a Karl Benedict piano made in Graz, Austria, sometime in the last decades of the 18th century.
The piano had a soundboard from a 1940s restoration, and we made the choice to remove it and replace it with a new soundboard made to match the specifications of 18th century fortepianos. Marco de Lellis of Queens is doing the work.

I am posting pictures of our piano once the bad soundboard was removed and during the installation of the new soundboard.

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