This year's Netherlands Piano Somatics Institute will be held at the Cultuurhuis Schonveld in Houten, a suburb of Utrecht about 40 minutes south of Amsterdam.

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   Cultuurhuis Schoneveld recital hall

Visit the Cultuurhuis Schoneveld Facebook page to get more of a feel for the place. Attending this institute, it's easy to combine piano studies with a vacation in one of Europe's most vibrant cities. Alan teaches in English or French, and Dutch translation is available.


Many relatively inexperienced pianists hesitate to attend an institute, feeling they are not good enough or not well-enough prepared. However, Alan Fraser insists that we are all here to learn and this approach can help all of us, no matter what our ability or state of our program. Thus the Institute really is open to all interested pianists:

  • professionals who wish to hone their skills to the highest possible level.
  • teachers who want new ways of teaching technique to their students
  • students who wish to improve their sound and agility
  • amateurs who wish to feel more in command of the instrument

There is no limit to improvement!


Alan's Feldenkrais-informed approach to performance also helps instrumentalists and vocalists, transforming their sound by making minute postural adjustments that release hidden physical blocks. If you have a friend or colleague with a specific performing issue, why not invite them to come along.

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   No limit to improvement


The schedule may be modified according to the makeup and needs of the group.

8:30-9:00 Coffee & Registration
9:00-9:30 Opening Session - Exchange
9:30-11:00 2 Individual Lessons
11:00-12:30 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 2 Individual Lessons
15:30-16:15 Coffee - Seminar
16:15-17:00 1 Individual Lesson
17:00 Building closes. Any extra lessons needed will be taught at a private studio.

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   Coffee hour
8:45-11:00 3 Individual Lessons
11:00-12:15 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:15-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 2 Individal Lessons
15:30-16:15 Coffee - Seminar
16:15-17:00 1 Individual Lesson
17:00 Building closes. Any extra lessons needed will be taught at a private studio.
8:45-11:00 3 Individual Lessons
11:00-12:15 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:15-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 2 Individal Lessons
15:30-17:00 Closing Recital (participation optional)
17:00 Building closes. Closing session, concert debriefing and celebration will take place at a nearby hospitality establishment.

Participants will be invited to select from this list of lecture topics for the daily seminar:

Posture & Self-Image Sitting is a Dynamic Act, not a Static Position
Physical and mental blockages Is it all in your mind? All in your body? What's the link?
Practice Strategies From mindless repetition to mindful sketching: musically effective practice
Hand Structure & Function The Hand Arch - The Voice of the Piano
Hand Structure & Function The Hand Arch - The Voice of the Piano
Weight Technique Arm Weight, the Anti-Gravity Function, Elasticity and Biotensegrity
The Thumb I Pass And Do Not Pass The Thumb Under: It's Complicated.
Rotation Rotation at the Micro and Macro Levels
The Hand as a Mini-Body Lying, Standing, Walking & Running: Organic Development of the Hand on the Keyboard
Pianimals Use The Pianimals Exercises & Compositions in your Teaching and your Playing
Musicianship & Technique Physical Strategies to Enhance Phrase, Polyphony & Orchestration
Feldenkrais & Piano Expressively Directed Micro-Timing: A New Musical Aesthetic
Q & A Which Aspects of Piano Somatics Intrigue You... Frustrate You... Mystify You... Satisfy You?

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   Cultuurhuis Schoneveld



Click here for travelling directions to
Cultuurhuis Schonveld
Zonnehout 36
3991 MX Houten



Rene and Christianne have very kindly offered to host up to two pianists/instrumentalists/singers travelling to Houten from a distance, at €35 per night including breakfast. To connect with Rene to discuss this option, please send him an email.

Otherwise, there are several accommodation options in the Utrecht area.

• To book a hotel we recommend Booking.com.
www.airbnb.com also offers several listings. Book early to get the best choice and the best price.


We will eat out at one of the local restaurants, to be decided by democratic vote!

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   Deepening your artistic relation to the music



  • Active participants have a daily individual lesson, daily group ATM and ATPM lessons, daily seminar lectures, and observe all other lessons.
  • Passive participants take part fully in all activities but receive no individual lesson.


  • If you want to take full advantage of Alan's presence in Leusden, book two active days.
  • If two lessons over two days is too intense for you, book only one active day, and attend the other day as an auditor. To combine active and passive registrations, hit the back button on your browser to add another purchase item to the same payment procedure. For instance, if you want to attend both days but only have one individual lesson, purchase one Active Participant day and one Passive Participant day for a total of two.
At completion of your registration, please return here to fill out the PARTICIPANT QUESTIONNAIRE, indicating which institute you will be attending (Berlin), and what days.

Click on your preferred option below to pay by credit card at our retail partner, Stripe.com.

Participation 1 day 2 days 3 days
Active participant $157 $308 $457
Passive participant $45 $90 $132

Contact us for other registration options

If you have a particular registration request, for instance a partial scholarship, please contact Sophia Cholich. They will answer all your questions and do their best to meet your specific needs.



We'd like to get to know you better. After registration, please come back to fill out this PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM.

After you've completed your institute, we'd like to keep in touch. Please return here to fill out the INSTITUTE FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps you and us to evaluate your experience, plan your ongoing regime for further pianistic advances, and fine-tune the institute structure to better meet your needs.




Canadian pianist Alan Fraser gives master classes and recitals worldwide and conducts ongoing research and refinement on the ideas put forth in his books:

He is at work on several new volumes. Visit here for more on Alan Fraser. If you have questions about your participation in the institute and would like to address them directly to Alan Fraser, please feel free to send him an email.

      Alan Fraser & Rene Maurer


Pianist and pedagogue Rene Maurer has performed internationally for several decades, both as a soloist and chamber musician. He is professor of piano at the Houten Music School, teaches at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Zwolle, leads a Young Talent Class in Arnhem, and runs a thriving private practice at his studio in Nieuwegein, where his entire class has been trained in part through extensive use of the Pianimals Method.

Rene's contact information: Email Rene

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations more than two months before Institute opening date: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than one month before Institute opening date: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than two weeks before Institute opening date: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than one week before Institute opening date: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations less than one week before Institute opening date: no reimbursement except in cases of doctor-certified illness or acts of God.
We reserve the right to cancel the institute due to insufficient enrolment; in this event, all registration fees are fully refundable.