Ahun, France

September 1-5 2021


Alan Fraser marks the winding down of the pandemic with a special gala institute which also celebrates the publication of his Pianimals, the first piano method based on the Feldenkrais Method. 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 at various strategic locations through 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.

9:00-9:45 1 lesson
9:45-11:00 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
11:00-12:30 2 lessons
12:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 2 lessons
16:00-17:00 Coffee & seminar
17:00-17:45 1 lesson
18:00-19:30 Evening meal
20:00-? Relaxing in the salon

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



We are hoping that the pandemic will have run its course by the end of August and we will have no difficulty in traveling to Ahun. If by chance restrictions still apply and train service is curtailed, it may be wise to plan on traveling to Ahun by car.

Alan Fraser contracted the Corona virus in November 2020. Luckily he had only mild symptoms and quickly recovered, and in addition he has received the Astra-Zeneca vaccine. (March-June 2020). Nevertheless, if 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.

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 four hours. Due to Covid restrictions the train information is not yet available on the SNCF website, but we trust service will be restored in time for the institute.

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 diposal, 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.

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

Participation 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days
Active participant $128 $254 $375 $488 $598
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.

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, an amateur musician herself, offers unbeatable hospitality.

Canopy bed
   Wienerissimo Bedroom

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.

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