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Friends of Musical Instruments: The Amati

The Friends of Musical Instruments: The Amati is designed to bring music lovers into close contact with the department's collection and curators. The Amati, named for the great Cremonese violin making family, also alludes to the Italian word for friends or lovers. This group comes together regularly for salon-type concerts and demonstrations in the galleries, often featuring performances on instruments from The Met collection. Members also receive invitations to exhibition previews and opening receptions throughout The Met. Dues fund new acquisitions, recordings, exhibitions, and other scholarly projects of the Department of Musical Instruments.

Annual dues: $5,000 ($3,754 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $3,500 ($2,254 is tax deductible)

For more information, please contact Pamela Summey at 212-396-5473 or

Highlights of Past Events

  • "The Gould" Violin: Renowned baroque violinist Monica Huggett playing The Met's 1693 Stradivari violin in concert with Juilliard415, the historical performance group of The Juilliard School.
  • Annual Amati Dinner: "What is Jazz?" with the Aaron Diehl Quartet in collaboration with Jazz @ Lincoln Center. Followed by dinner in the stunning Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court.
  • An Evening of Chinese Music featuring Wu Man, internationally-known player of the pipa (the Chinese lute) and co-founder of The Silk Road Project with Yo-Yo Ma. Joint event with the Friends of Asian Art in The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Chinese Buddhist art.
  • Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown: An Incurable Collector—Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments with Sally B. Brown, great-granddaughter of the collector.
  • D'Aquisto: Virtuoso jazz guitarist Julian Lage performs on the first archtop guitar (James D'Aquisto, 1993) to join The Met's instrument collection.