In Florence, Italy, she has studied Restoration and Conservation at the Università Internazionale dell’Arte, Art and Music History at the University of Florence with Prof. Mario Fabbri, Painting Restoration with Vittorio Granchi and Historical Organ Restoration at the Atelier of Pier Paolo Donati. In 1981 she received a Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA, to study harpsichord and early piano restoration. Subsequently she received three Andrew Mellon Fellowships in the Musical Instrument Department at the Metropolitan Museum of New York where she worked and studied from 1983 to 1986 deepening her knowledge and experience of early piano restoration. There she also collaborated on a research project of antique varnishes used in lute-making with the conservator Stewart Pollens. In Paris in 1987, while working in Emile Jobin’s Atelier “Les Temperaments Inegaux”, she built a replica of an Italian harpsichord dated 1537 belonging to the Collection at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. From 1988 to 1990 she worked at “Laboratorio di Costruzioni Cembali e Restauro di Fortepiani” in Florence, Italy with Andrea Gori restoring various Viennese and English early pianos.
In 1994 she received the Premio Firenze Donna for the section Culture and Art