Monday, September 11, 2017
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - On Sunday the 10th of September 2017, the Scottish International Piano Competition went into the final round. Competitors could choose between Fazioli, Steinway, and Bosendorfer, and we are please to share with you that all 3 finalists chose to perform onthe Fazioli.
Turkish pianist Can Çakmur has been named the 11th winner of the Scottish International Piano Competition (SIPC).
The 20-year-old receives £10,000, the Sir Alexander Stone Memorial Trophy and the Frederic Lamond Gold Medal, and will perform with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in their 2018/19 season.
Born in 1997 in Ankara, Can Çakmur has studied at the Hochschule für Music Franz Liszt Weimar, and with Diane Andersen in Belgium. He had won a number of international competitions and awards, appeared in major festivals throughout his native Turkey, and performed as soloist throughout Europe.
Held as a triennial event, the Scottish International Piano Competition this year welcomed 23 competitors from 15 countries across 3 continents. The panel of 8 jurors included internationally acclaimed pianists Steven Osborne and Olga Kern and was chaired by Head of Keyboard at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Aaron Shorr.
Second Prize of £7,500 and the Lawrence Glover Silver Medal went to Florian Mitrea, 27, from Romania. Florian also won best performance of Gordon McPherson’s The Pounding Room, a new work commissioned as the test piece for this year’s competition. Georgian born Luka Okros, 20, now based in the UK, took home the Third prize of £5000 and The Douglas McKerrell Memorial Prize. Finalists prizes were supported by SIPC Patrons and Friends, Merchants House of Glasgow, the McKerrell family and Arnold Clark.
What is now The Scottish International Piano Competition was originally established in 1986 as a memorial to Frederic Lamond and the First Prize of the Competition carries with it the Frederic Lamond Gold Medal.
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Friday, May 12, 2017
VANCOUVER, BC - On Saturday the 6th of May, 2017, the 'Reveal' Gala was created to make people feel like they had just stepped into Venice, Italy.
The gondola was brought over from the Italian cultural centre, with men singing in Italian beside it. There was an Alfa Romeo on display, and a Fazioli piano was especially brought in for a performance by Max Zipursky together with the incredibly talented Rosemary Siemens on violin.
The evening was topped off by a surprise performance by 'The Tenors'.
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VANCOUVER, BC - On Tuesday the 9th of May, one of the greatest concert pianists in the world was invited by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to perform a solo recital at the Orpheum Theatre.
International concert pianist Louis Lortie chose to perform on a Fazioli Concert Grand piano. After the concert Lortie signed autographs for members of the audience, including young prodigies Isabelle Xin-Yi Wang and Ray Zhang.
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The final session of the 15th Arthur Runinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, one of the world’s most important piano competitions, took place yesterday, the 11th of May. An estimated 500,000 people followed the live streaming via YouTube, Facebook, Medici TV and the Israeli channels. Rich in suspense, the 45-minutes long prize distribution ceremony started after an already considerable hour-long break, during which the jury was able to deliberate. The competition, taking place every four years, had started on the 25th of April with 30 candidates.
Three were the rounds – qualifying, semi-finals and finals – the latter organised in three important subjects – chamber music, classical concerto and grand concerto. Three were also the pianos on stage, of different brands, among which the Italian concert grand, arrived in Tel Aviv directly from the factory in Sacile (60 Km far from Venice), where it had been expressly selected and prepared for this important event.
Ten out of thirty candidates chose Fazioli when it came to selecting the instrument: Luka Okros (Georgia), Alberto Ferro (Italy), Ilya Maximov (Russia), Tomer Gewirtzman (Israel), Yevgeny Yontov (Istrael), Rafael Skorka (Israel), Szymon Nehring (Poland), Eric Lu (USA), Daniel Petrica Ciobanu (Romania).
Six of the 10 that had chosen the Fazioli went through to the semifinals - Luka Okros, Yevgeny Yontov, Szymon Nehring, Eric Lu and Daniel Petrica Ciobanu, joined by the French Milstein. For the final round, half of the candidates remained in the field.
It was such an honour to see all three “Fazioli” finalists being awarded a number of prizes, among which the first two steps of the podium: the first prize was awarded to the 19-year-old Polish candidate Szymon Nehring, while the second prize went to the Rumanian Daniel Ciobanu. The 28-year-old Yevgeny Yontov, placed sixth, has nonetheless being awarded the “Best Israeli Pianist” and “Best Performer of Chamber Music” Prizes.
The winner Szymon Nehring received many other acknowledgements from the jury: Best Performer of a Chopin Piece Prize, Advanced Studies Prize and the Junior Jury Prize. Daniel Petrica Ciobanu, on the other hand, won the “Audience Favourite” Prize.
The satisfaction for the Italian grand and concert grand piano company was tremendous, as echoed by a statement made by Mr. Fazioli himself: “These moments are destined to remain memorable in in the history of the company and represent the highest acknowledgement to the continuous research process that Fazioli carries on in order to improve its product".
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
VANCOUVER, BC - On Tuesday the 22nd of November, French furniture brand Moissonnier opened its very first location in North America. Since 1885, the French cabinetmaker has been at the forefront of the traditional style married with an avant-garde aesthetic.
Owned by fourth-generation scions of founder Emile Moissonnier, the family enterprise and its handmade furnishings have been recognized by the French government as a part of France's "living heritage".
The 3,000 square foot Yaletown boutique is owned by local art collectors Mana and Nader Mobargha and will also feature luxury furnishings by Italian mirror and furniture firm Arte Veneziana.
Also on display, artwork by celebrated Iranian-Canadian artist Mohammad Ehsai, from the hosts' internationally renowned private collection.
At the opening, a Fazioli piano was on loan from Showcase Pianos and guests enjoyed music by the Max Zipursky Trio and joined by local violin sensation Samuel Tsui.
This shop is a gem in the city and definitely worth a visit! It is located in Yaletown at 1028 Mainland Street. Visit them in person or on the web at: http://moissonnier.ca/
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SACILE, ITALY - The Fazioli Factory had undergone an expansion during recent years, and skipped the Biennial dealer meeting 2 years ago. In November of 2016, the worldwide dealer network for Fazioli pianos was invited to come to visit the newly expanded factory and hosted a dealer meeting.
Showcase Pianos owner Manuel Bernaschek was invited to speak to his partners about the promotion of Fazioli pianos in Vancouver.
All in the audience were delighted to hear the private performance by talented internationally renowned pianist Rachel Naomi Kudo, who had spent time in Vancouver studying with Professor Lee Kum Sing.
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RICHMOND, BC - Showcase Pianos commissioned a work by talented Granville Island artist Natalia Vetrova for the large classroom at Showcase Academy inside the Aberdeen Centre location of Showcase Pianos.
The beautiful work of art is a fantasy featuring Isabelle, Ray and Aria and a Fazioli piano.
Natalia Vetrova is a Russian born Canadian artist that lived and worked in Vancouver since 1997. She has Bachelor of Fine Arts from Technical College of Industrial & Applied Arts, Moscow and has her Master Degree in Design, Visual Arts from Stroganov Academy of Art, Moscow.
Her works are represented by International Art Project "Inspired by Russia", Gallery 903, Portland, Oregon, Gerry Thomas Gallery, Calgary, Alberta.
To see more of Natalia Vetrova's works, please visit the showrooms:
Moscow: Office 208, 2B / 6, Otradnaya St.
Vancouver: 1490 Johnson St., Atelier of Per Wendel Madsen
or contact the artist: firstname.lastname@example.org
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