global meeting

In recent years - also thanks to the new possibilities of global networking and digitization - there has been an increasing need to exchange, share resources and work together on topics related to research and the collection of pianos and scores.

Building on the many initiatives and activities of enthusiastic enthusiasts and institutions over the past decades, e.g. the 2017 Cremona "1st European Piano Roll Meeting" and the 2017 "Hupfeld Symposium" in Leipzig, we have developed the idea of supporting a global format for regular knowledge exchange to promote collaboration in important research areas together with Stanford University.


100 years after the memorable Piano Roll Meeting in Buffalo in 1918 to standardize the sheet music roll formats (65 and 88), we, FASZINATIONPIANOLA and Stanford University, together with the GRASSI Museum in Leipzig, have realized a global meeting of universities, museums, collectors and experts on July 25, 2018 in Leipzig, which is the first of its kind. We were able to welcome nearly 50 experts (on-site and virtual) from many countries around the world. The meeting was a great success and led to better mutual knowledge, good networking and many concrete next steps.

Among the participants of this first meeting in Leipzig were the following institutions: Sydney Conservatory of Music, Mechanical Music Machines, Technical Museum Brno, Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo, Deutsches Museum Munich, Museum of Musical Instruments of the University of Leipzig, Institute of Musicology of the LMU Munich, Augustiner Museum Freiburg, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Society for Self-Playing Musical Instruments, University di Pavia, AMMI, Nederlandse Pianola Sociëteit, Pianola Museum Amsterdam, Ringve Music Museum, Player Piano Group, Musical Museum Brentford, Stanford University, Biblioteca de Catalunya, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Universitat de Barcelona, Bern University of the Arts.

If you are interested in the contents and results of this meeting, please contact us - we will send them only after a request by name.

2nd Global Piano Roll Meeting 2022

The wish for a regular and more intensive format led to the planning of the 2nd Global Piano Roll Meeting, originally planned for 2020 in Bern / Seewen - or, due to the Corona situation, first postponed to 2021 and now to 17-20.06.2022.

In the meantime, we have established a virtual conference format, the GPRM Preludes, i.e. 2-3 hours online with interesting lectures and discussion rounds. The realisation of the 2nd Global Piano Roll Meeting in close cooperation of the three organisers, Bern University of Arts, Stanford University and FASZINATIONPIANOLA - together with the Musikinstrumentenmuseum Seewen were a great success. The more than 35 lectures were recorded by video and are also available on request.

The website of Bern University of the Arts provides details of the event.

3rd Global Piano Roll Meeting 2024

The great success of the 2nd Global Piano Roll Meeting in Bern/Seewen confirmed the desire of all participants to start planning the next conference for 2024.

We are delighted to announce that the 3rd Global Piano Roll Meeting will be held at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM), University of Sydney from July 26-28, 2024. SCM is located in the heart of the Sydney Central Business District next to the Sydney Opera House, Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour and Bridge and has world-class facilities including concert halls, instrument collections, recording facilities and atrium spaces. SCM is located in the former stables of Government House, which sits on unceded aboriginal land - the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, an ancient and important site for music and dance ceremonies and knowledge exchange.

In the meantime, we will continue the virtual conference format with interesting presentations and musical contributions to further advance the common themes.

For the next Prelude No 6 on February 11, 2023, presentation proposals may be submitted (by December 1, 2022 to on the topics of: historical studies of piano and organ rolls, performance studies using rolls, pneumatic instruments, roll production, archiving and access, and descriptive/research work with collections.

Contact persons are: 

Kumaran Arul(

Sebastian Bausch(

Neal Peres Da Costa(

Peter Philipps(

Marc Widuch(