Visit to the Schimmel Factory
2 February 2016
Peregrine's Pianos has arranged another visit to the Schimmel Factory.
Guests will fly from Heathrow to Hannover before taking a coach to the factory. They will be introduced to senior staff and will eat lunch, before receiving talks from the management team, an extended tour of the factory, and the opportunity to try the full range of upright and grand pianos. They will listen to a short recital and visit the old city of Braunschweig (where they will eat dinner).
The trip will take place on 21 April 2016. Numbers are limited to 20, and the day will cost £200.
Peregrine's Pianos is the exclusive dealer in London for Schimmel Pianos. This is the fourth factory visit they have arranged.
Founded in Leipzig in 1885, Schimmel Pianos is the largest volume German piano manufacturer. The company has been based in Braunschweig since 1975
Preview: Wigmore Hall 2016/17
28 January 2016
Wigmore Hall has announced its 2016/17 season.
The London Pianoforte Series launches with a recital from Jeremy Denk on 17 September.
Melvyn Tan will celebrate his 60th birthday with a recital on 13 October. Another landmark will be reached on 20 May 2017 when Llŷr Williams’s Beethoven piano sonata cycle comes to its end (with previous installments taking place on 11 October and 16 February 2017).
Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin will give a piano duo recital on 30 March 2017, with repertoire including Stravinsky’s two-piano version of The Rite of Spring.
Other highlights include recitals by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Imogen Cooper, Richard Goode, Andreas Haefliger, Marc-André Hamelin, Denis Kozhukhin, Jan Lisiecki, Nikolai Lugansky, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Paul Lewis, Leon McCawley, Alexander Melnikov, Garrick Ohlsson, Steven Osborne, Maria João Pires, Andreas Staier, Alexei Volodin and Christian Zacharias.
Modartt releases Model B grand piano for Pianoteq
27 January 2016
Modartt has released Model B grand piano for Pianoteq.
The instrument is modelled after a Steinway B grand piano from Hamburg selected by Martha Argerich in 2014 for its musicality.
The Steinway B is now the best selling Steinway grand piano. It has much of the concert grand piano sound of a Steinway D, but is smaller and better suited for recording studios and mid-sized recital venues.
The virtual grand piano Model B for Pianoteq was carefully designed to reproduce the finest sound characteristics of the selected Steinway B instrument. Subtle refinements of the physical modelling were made, resulting in a noticeably clear tone and astounding dynamics.
The Model B Grand Piano is provided as an instrument pack for 49€/$59, and requires the latest update (5.5) of Pianoteq. The instrument is available for evaluation in the free trial version of Pianoteq, which can be downloaded from www.pianoteq.com
, where you can also listen to audio samples.
Model B Grand Piano for Pianoteq
Applications open for the Rhinegold Charity Fund
18 January 2016
Charities operating within the music sector are invited to submit their applications for the Rhinegold Charity Fund 2016/17.
The successful charity will receive £10,000 to spend on advertising across Rhinegold's portfolio of classical music publications, websites and services.
They will also receive account management support on aspects of marketing and design from Rhinegold.
The scheme supports the work of charities that might not have the resources necessary to support a large advertising campaign on their own, giving them the opportunity to promote their cause to a large international readership.
Since its launch in 2013, the number of applications to the fund has doubled annually. The 2015 fund was awarded to two charities: Young Classical Artists Trust and Live Music Now.
Charities wishing to apply should complete the online form by 29 February, with the selected charity to be announced in March.
Rhinegold Charity Fund
The Pianist of Willesden Lane to receive UK premiere
8 January 2016
The Pianist of Willesden Lane will receive its UK premiere on 20 January at the St James Theatre, London.
The play, which features live music, tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dreams of a concert debut in Vienna's Musikverein are shattered by the rise of the Nazi regime.
It is based on The Children of Willesden Lane - Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love and Survival by Lee Cohen and Mona Golabek.
The story is that of Golabek's own mother, and she performs words and music in this one-woman show.
The play has already sold out runs in New York, Chicago, Boston, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego. New York Times reviewer Charles Isherwood selected it as his critics' pick.
The Pianist of Willesden Lane runs until 27 February. Tickets are from £22.50 upwards.
The Pianist of Willesden Lane
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