Our Mission

At Museum Geelvinck, our mission is to allow others to experience the 18th and 19th centuries by creating a relationship between the historical context of this period and 21st century themes. While this can cover topics from slavery to food heritage, we particularly focus on protecting our collective sound heritage, in orchestrating concerts, festivals and exhibitions around our early piano collection. 

Early Pianos

Our mission is to gain public attention and appreciation for playing original pianos from the 18th and 19th centuries. This is not only about “sounding heritage” (the historically informed performance), but especially about the individual instrument with its own “sound”. We not only look to the past, but also to the early piano as a source of future inspiration for musicians and contemporary creative makers. It is about the interaction between the performer and the instrument, which serves the composer as the medium for their musical creation.

Our festival also offers a platform for innovative trends and young professional talent. In doing so, we place emphasis on international musicological developments and research. Our festival plays a pioneering role in this and forms an interdisciplinary hub within the international academic, museum and craft networks specialised in this area.

In recent editions, this has translated into inspiring repertoire performed by musicians who are among the best in the world in their field.