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Who are we?

An association

Created in 1993, the Ad Libitum association aims to promote the instrumental and musical heritage that is the pianoforte, from about the early seventeenth to the late ninetennth century.

With a collection of nearly 80 instruments, the association has become over the years an international reference for the historical pianos. These instruments are restored and maintained by the workshop and retain most of their original parts. They are regulary played and displayed in concerts or exhibitions.

Research and education are also at the heart of Ad Libitum activities. Many books have been published about instruments, factors and their businesses and many records have been made.

Each year, the association organizes an academy enabling professional and amateur musicians to discover the collection's instruments, their sounds and touches.

Passionate people

Alain Roudier

Alain Roudier

Organologist, Researcher and concertist, Alain Roudier has a long dedication to practice the early pianos. He intimately knows every instrument of the collection and knows to reveal its richest colours. He organizes the musical activities and oversees the historical and musical researches.

Francis Duvernay

Francis Duvernay

After a solid factor and piano tuner formation, Francis Duvernay is passionate of the instrumental making of ancient piano. He essentially takes care of the harmonic structure of the instruments, while ensuring the restoration of the mechanical elements.

Bernard Duvernay

Bernard Duvernay

Auto mechanic in the past, Bernard Duvernay is now interested in the restoration of historical pianos. He produces indentical metallic or mechanical elements of instruments that can't be preserved or have been lost (locks, hinges...).

Laury Greffier

Laury Greffier

Fascinated by the piano, its history and its making, Laury Greffier trained first as a cabinetmaker. Within the Ad Libitum's workshop, he takes advantage of his knowledge and enriches it by specializing in the restoration of ancient instruments.