Ahun, France

Ahun, Creuse, France


The institute is held once a year at the end of the summer in this wonderful 17th century mansion in a medieval town in central France. Register for our newsletter to receive scheduling updates as they arise.

Participants will gather for Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons, Awareness Through Piano Movement (ATPM) lessons, individual technique & repertoire lessons, and in the evenings we will gather in the salon for impromptu readings of the Pianimals music as well as other performances.

All this takes place in the wonderful, elegant musician's retreat created by Elisa Wiener at Wienerissimo , a 17th century house in Ahun, a lovely medieval town filled with ancient churches in central France. There are several practice pianos scattered throughout the house.

Ahun Salle a diner
Ahun - The Dining Room


Are you hesitant to attend? Feel you are not advanced enough? Not well-enough prepared? Don't worry; Alan welcomes all, no matter what your ability, no matter what the state of your program. The Institute really is open to all interested pianists:

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

There is no limit to improvement!


This schedule may be modified according to the needs of the group.

9:00-10:30 2 lesson
10:30-11:45 Group Awareness Through Movement (ATM)™ lesson
(If possible, please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
11:45-12:30 1 lesson
12:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 2 lessons
16:00-17:00 Seminar & Group Awareness Through Piano Movement (ATPM)™ lesson
17:00-17:45 1 lesson
18:00-19:30 Evening meal
20:00-? Relaxing in the salon

The seminar-ATPM format is new. Alan will begin by lecturing on a topic, then field some questions about the material, and then create an Awareness Through Piano Movement lesson that grows out of that lecture's focus.

You are free to attend the entire day or take a break from watching the lessons to rest or do a little bit of practicing. Each entire session is recorded and offered to you free of charge for future reference.

Ahun salon
Ahun - The Salon

Wednesday Floating the Arm and Smooshing the Hand
Thursday Stand & Oppose the Thumb
Friday From Walking to Running
Saturday Rotating & Leaping
Sunday Join the Hand to Your Whole Self

Ahun den
   Ahun - The Den



Drive from Paris to13 Place du Dr Couderc, 23150 Ahun, CREUSE


There is a local train from Paris that takes about five hours, but which does not go directly to Ahun. The three closest local stations are:

We will try to arrange pickups for those of you coming by train, but if we cannot find a driver, there is a reasonably priced taxi service. Tell the cab driver to go to:

Association Le Salon de musique-Wienerissimo
13, place du Dr Coudère
23150 Ahun
Téléphone : (Élisa Wiener, présidente fondatrice)



All participants live in residence at Wienerissimo, with full board. Elisa has generously offered us all the student rate, making the cost very reasonable. In addition to the chambres d'hôtes there is a cottage at our disposal, and there is a reasonable hotel across the street for overflow participants, Gîte de Bertau. There are three levels of lodging quality offered:

  • Shared room with twin beds at €50 per person per night, meals and refreshements included
  • Private rooms at €75 per person per night, meals and refreshements included
  • Private room at Gîte de Bertau at €50 a night, meals and refreshements included chez Elisa
  • There is another cottage that can be rented communally if necessary

Please contact Elisa to reserve your room and discuss your lodging needs.

Lodging and meal fees are paid separately from the Institute registration fee.

Ahun bedroom
   Ahun - Bedroom


Elisa's establishment offers us all meals:

  • continental breakfast
  • full lunch
  • full supper
  • coffee, tea, biscuits and fruit are available in the salon throughout the day.

Ahun Repas
   Ahun - Refreshments



  • 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.

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Participation 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days
Active participant $140 $275 $410 $545 $680
Passive participant $45 $90 $132 $172 $210


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 for five days but only have three individual lessons, purchase three Active Participant days and two Passive Participant days for a total of five.

After registering, please return here to fill out the REGISTRATION QUESTIONNAIRE.

Montreal Participants
   Ahun - Ancient Wooden Sculptures in Church




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

He is at work on several new volumes. Visit here for more on Alan Fraser.

If you have concerns or questions about your participation in the institute and would like to address them directly to Alan Fraser, send him an email.


Elisa Weiner is an excellent classical pianist who had a long and influential career in France as a teacher and Conservaotoire director. She has known many of France's most eminent pianists, singers, instrumental musicians, actors, poets and painters, and is a treasure trove of stories about, and insights into, France's unique culture of a certain epoch. We often spend evenings playing piano four hands, six hands or even eight hands with Elisa, digging into her vast collection of pianistic memorabilia.


Visit the medieval lanes and byways of AHUN, a 13th century village with its special charm and churches dating from the 13th-16th centuries. This village feels as if it has been untouched by time, and Elisa with her insights into 20th century pianism combined with a wonderful elan in the kitchen, offers unbeatable hospitality.

Canopy bed
   Wienerissimo Bedroom



We ask that all participants be vaccinated against Covid-19, or that you have proof of a negative Covid-19 test done less than 72 hours before your arrival in Hamm. Please let us know your vaccination status when you register.

Alan Fraser contracted the Corona virus in November 2020. He had only mild symptoms and quickly recovered, and received the Astra-Zeneca vaccine in March and June 2021, and a booster shot in November 2021. He was re-infected with the mild Omicron variant on New Year's Day, 2022. Nevertheless, if national Covid-19 restrictions are still in force during the institute, the following measures will be followed for the protection and comfort of all participants:

  • Masks will be worn whenever the 2-metre social distancing rule cannot be followed.
  • Hands must be washed frequently and hand sanitizer will be provided.

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.