The Amati
Department of Musical Instruments


The Amati is a group of music lovers that meets four times a year for intimate recitals, lecture-demonstrations, and private viewings of exhibitions related to historic instruments from the collection of the Department of Musical Instruments. Amati members also receive additional invitations to events and concerts arranged throughout the year by the department, and excursions to private collections. Amati dues fund new acquisitions, recordings, exhibitions, and other special projects and performances.

Annual dues: $4,500 ($3,484 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $3,500 ($2,484 is tax deductible)

For more information please contact Pamela Summey at 212-396-5473 or pamela.summey@metmuseum.org.

In addition to our Annual Dinner, usually held in September, the following are recent events held exclusively for The Amati:

  • holy ghosts: Celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the 1830 Thomas Appleton organ at the Met, including the premiere of a commissioned work for the instrument by Robert Sirota.
  • An Evening of Turkish Music: Joint event with the Friends of Islamic Art in the Koç Family Galleries of the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia.
  • D'Aquisto: Concert featuring virtuoso jazz guitarist Julian Lage performing on the first archtop guitar to join the Met's instrument collection.
  • Piano and Forte: Concert on historic keyboards—including the earliest existing piano, made in 1720 by Bartolomeo Cristofori—featuring renowned Israeli pianist Michael Tsalka.
  • QUARTET: quartet: The American String Quartet performing on a distinguished quartet of instruments from the Met's collection—the "Antonius" and "Francesca" violins of Stradivari, a Jacob Stainer viola, and a mid-nineteenth-century violoncello by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume.

Above: Giovanni Grancino (Italian, 1637–1709). Viola d'Amore (detail), 1701. Milan, Italy. Spruce, maple, ebony; 59.7 cm (23 1/2 in.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Amati Gifts, 2008 (2008.1)

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Last updated: Thursday, May 28