The association

La Nouvelle Athènes


Named after the Nouvelle Athènes district of Paris, where Chopin, Liszt, Georges Sand, or Delacroix were inventing new musical, pictorial or literary forms in the 1830s, the association La Nouvelle Athènes aims to recreate, in the spirit of the salons of the time, the ideal conditions for a dialogue between musicians, piano collectors, restorers, Master Artisans, and a growing public of music lovers who are passionately interested in the origins of the piano, from 1750 to 1850.

La Nouvelle Athènes is in the process of building a collection of period pianos of public interest, and aims to encourage the sharing of knowledge and performance practices originating in the great 18th Century keyboard tradition, the study of written sources, and of the early recordings of the direct disciples of Chopin, Liszt, Schumann or Brahms.

You can take part in this enthusiastic new reading of the Romantic repertoire by coming to our concerts and workshops in Paris, or following the videos of concerts and masterclasses on our internet site, or on social media.

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La Nouvelle Athènes - thought collectively - including modern pianists, harpsichordists, "historically informed" pianists, restorers, collectors and musicologists, was able to unite and propose in just one year, several times of sharing, transmission of knowledge and practices, the purchase of 2 romantic pianos, the starting point of a collection of general interest.


The Parisian and European enthusiasm aroused by La Nouvelle Athènes corresponds to a fundamental movement in the world of the piano ; to an imperative need to renew themselves and to rediscover in depth the great know-how of the keyboard tradition of the 18th and 19th centuries:

  • through the knowledge and practice of period instruments

  • and a deep understanding of the language, the aesthetics, the playing techniques of this past.


Figures from the piano world take part in these events:

  • "modern" pianists such as Alain Planès, Florent Boffard of the CNSMDP, Thérèse Diette of the Normal School of Music A. Cortot, the solo pianist Bertrand Chamayou

  • pianists on period pianos Alexei Lubimov Tchaikovski Conservatory Moscow, Olga Pashchenko Conservatory Amsterdam

  • historically informed pianists Edoardo Torbianelli Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, University of the Arts in Bern, Costantino Mastroprimiano Conservatoire de Perugia, Luca Montebugnoli CCR de Paris

  • harpsichordists Aline Zylberajch, Aurelien Delage, Philippe Grisvard

  • art masters Christopher Clarke, Edwin Beunk, restaurateurs Sylvie Fouanon, musicologists Cécile Reynaud (EPHE), Emmanuel Reibel (Lyon II)

  • Royaumont Foundation winners (Tanguy de Williencourt, Benjamin D'Anfray, Laura Granero, Paulo Meireilles, Paul Drouet, Lucie de Saint Vincent, Artem Belogurov, Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde…)

  • music lovers…

  • institutions such as the Bach Academy, the Geelvinck Museum (NL)…


La Nouvelle Athènes was founded in 2017 by Sylvie Brély - former founder of the Zig-Zag Territoires label and director of the Keyboard program at the Royaumont Foundation-, director. The association's office is made up of volunteers.

La Nouvelle Athènes has almost 100 members.

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