International Piano Archives at Maryland 50th Anniversary

International Piano Archives at Maryland2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM)! Housed within the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, IPAM's collections comprise the world's most extensive concentration of piano recordings, books, scores, programs and related materials, including the archival papers of many great keyboard artists.

The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, in collaboration with the School of Music and the Artist Partner Program, will celebrate IPAM's first fifty years and look forward to the next fifty during the 2015-2016 season! Join us in celebrating 50 years of IPAM:


Pianist Marc-André Hamelin will kick off a four-part series of recitals by visiting pianists, culminating with Margaret Leng Tan's forward-looking exploration of novel uses of the conventional piano as well as the musical potential of toy pianos.

Exhibit: "Archiving Historic Pianism: International Piano Archives at Maryland Beyond 50"

On display now through May 2016

This exhibition in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's gallery will display unique and rare materials from IPAM's extensive archives. From autographed scores to rare recordings from the turn of the 20th century, the exhibit illustrates the bold story of an independent archive that grew into a cultural heritage institution of international prestige. Click here for more information.

Digitization projects and more

Throughout the course of the season, IPAM will also be embarking on projects to bring its collections to new audiences. Digitization of the William Kapell Collection will make available online the correspondence, diaries, programs, and photographs of the brilliant American pianist whose life was tragically cut short in a plane crash in 1953.

Additional events and projects will be announced over the course of the year.

Click here for more information on the International Piano Archives at Maryland.

Event Performances
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
  • Sun, Oct 4, 2015 . 3:00PM
Orion Weiss, piano
  • Thu, Dec 3, 2015 . 8:00PM
Ursula Oppens, piano
  • Thu, Feb 4, 2016 . 8:00PM
Margaret Leng Tan: Cabinet of Curiosities (CANCELLED)
  • Tue, Apr 12, 2016 . 8:00PM