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, usually related to historic instruments from the collection of the Department of Musical Instruments. Amati members also receive additional invitations to to events and concerts arranged throughout the year by the department, and excursions to private collections. Amati dues fund new acquisitions, recordings, and other special projects and performances.

Annual dues: $4,500 ($3,818 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $3,500 ($2,818 is tax deductible)

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

Highlights of Past Events

  • An Evening in Eighteenth-Century Vienna with the American String Quartet, performing in The Kirtlington Park Room of the Museum
  • A concert on the earliest existing piano made by the inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori, featuring Susan Alexander-Max
  • A concert of traditional and contemporary pipa music (Chinese lute) in The Astor Court, featuring Min Xiao-Fen
  • From Italy to New York: The Story of the Mandolin featuring mandolinist Carlo Aonzo and luthier John Monteleone
  • Grammy Award–winning guitarist Sharon Isbin playing the Museum's guitar made by Ignacio Fleta

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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Early American Guitars: Talk and Performance
April 23, 2014 | [For Family/Dual Members and above] Free with Museum Membership
Parent-Child Workshops (Ages 3–6): Session 4
April 25, 2014 | [For Family/Dual Members and above] Fee: $530 for the twelve-session semester
Parent-Child Workshops (Ages 3–6): Session 3
April 25, 2014 | [For Family/Dual Members and above] Fee: $530 for the twelve-session semester

Last updated: Monday, April 21