French-American Piano Society is a non-profit organization designed to promote cultural exchange, education, and networking between France and the United States through French pianists and music. Founded in 2014 by Mathieu M. Petitjean, the Society provides scholarships for aspiring young French pianists to attend competitions and festivals in the United States, presents world-renowned artists in recital, and endeavors to promote the activities of French pianists in America and American pianists dedicated to French piano music.

Our Executive Team is comprised of experienced project leaders - all pianists - who use their skills, talent and integrity to execute our Mission.

Our address:
1501 Broadway, FL 12
New York, NY 10036

Annual Reports:

2015 Online Annual Report


Contact us
Ph: +1(973) 699 1579
E: contact (at)


Mathieu Petitjean, Ph.D.
Founder and President

Mathieu is the CEO of MedNest and PharmaNest two companies focussed on Medical Technology and Drug discovery technologies based in Princeton, NJ. Former executive at General Electric Healthcare, Mathieu held several business, product and technology leadership roles with GE in 6 different European, American and Latin-American markets. He started his career in Europe and Japan with several high technology start-up companies. Mathieu is a Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France and a pianist for +40 years on Pleyel and Steinway instruments. 

Elizabeth Olson

Executive Director

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Furman University. Dedicated to promoting the performing arts in NYC, she has held internship positions with various nonprofit organizations including the New York Youth Symphony, Cultural Strategies Initiative and The Juilliard School.  Elizabeth has worked in the Concert & Artist Department and is currently in the Marketing Department at Steinway & Sons.

Hanyi Meng

Fundraising and Outreach Director

Classical pianist Hanyi Meng holds a Master Degree in Piano Performance from NYU. She is active in Solo Performance and collaboration. She has held numerous public performances, including her solo recitals at Steinway Hall, and Yamaha artist service, New York. As a former Adjunct Instructor at NYU in Music Theory and Piano, She has been teaching students from any ages. Hanyi has also demonstrated remarkable capabilities in talent recruitment and development, which makes her an ideal player in our team to lead the 2016 Steinway Piano fundraiser launched in March 2016.

Matthieu Cognet, MDA

Artistic and Master Class Program Director, 

Graduating with high-honors from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris–CNR and the University of La Sorbonne in 2007, Matthieu moved to Bloomington, Indiana in 2008. He pursued a Performer Diploma in Piano performance with Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University. He will be completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University early 2017. Matthieu is a rounded classical pianist, with a deep knowledge of both French and American repertoires (full bio)

Mark Morris

Photographer in Residence

Mark is a Philadelphia based artist who combines decades of experience both as a classical musician and as an event and portrait photographer.  Mark juxtaposes his two passions to create a distinctly modern and artistic representation of performers and audience members alike.  He received both Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from Temple University, where he studied trombone with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and piano with Professor George Sementovsky.  He has studied photography with Columbus, Ohio based photographer Erica Coffman, and at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia. 

Gretchen Amussen
Head of External Affairs and International Relations, Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP)

Currently based in Paris, Gretchen was born and raised in New York City. She studied organ with Xavier Darasse at the Toulouse Conservatoire, where she was awarded a Gold Medal. In the United States she managed a chamber music festival and did fundraising for a symphony orchestra; since 1992 she has worked at the Paris Conservatoire, where she created the international division. Today she is Deputy Director for External Affairs, which includes international relations, professional development, a multimedia sector, an observatory for the music professions, and the public relations department. 

Michele Amar
Director, New York Office, French Music Export Office

Previous to her current position she was Director of International Content at IODA, as well as an International Export Specialist. As an independent consultant she focused in business development and international label export/distribution. Previously, she was running the International department at Putumayo World Music, where she developed its distribution network in over 70 countries. She also founded an independent record label established in New York City, worked as a producer/engineer in Europe and the U.S, and has contributed to numerous recordings as performer and composer.