Friday, January 22, 2010

Italian piano maker Paolo Fazioli unveils Fairmont Hotel's new masterpiece

Unique white piano to be permanent attraction in new Fairmont hotel lobby

VANCOUVER, BC – The new Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, due to open late in January, has commissioned award winning BC architect McFarlane + Green + Biggar to design a Fazioli piano. The $225,000 satin white Fazioli piano will feature a stunning 3D design underneath the lid, has many parts plated in 18K gold, and will be a permanent attraction of the hotel lobby.

Founder Paolo Fazioli travelled from Italy to personally unveil the one-of-a-kind white piano at a media event for the piano. Architects Michelle Biggar and Seng Tsoi from McFarlane + Green + Biggar were also present together with Fairmont Hotel General Manager Randy Zupanski.
An in-depth interview with Mr. Fazioli was conducted by Vancouver Observer, and can be found here:

Friday, January 15, 2010

Bernascheks meet Larry Fine with Paolo Fazioli at NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, CA - On the first day of the NAMM Trade Show in Anaheim California, I looked over at the name tag of the person talking to piano maker Paolo Fazioli and discovered that it was Larry Fine - - - author of many editions of the famous "Piano Book" and the all new "Piano Buyer" Book, that teaches people what to look for when they are buying a piano. (See here for more details: )

It was a tremendous joy and privilege to meet Larry Fine, a very humble and kind individual.

Our trip to the NAMM Show also reunited us with long time friend Alan Merriam and his son Daniel - owners of Merriam's Music in Toronto, and distributors of Perzina Pianos. We also met Rick Baldassin, the Fazioli piano dealer of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Showcase Pianos | Fazioli opens all new 2nd location

Richmond, BC – On Friday the 25th of December, Vancouver’s Showcase Pianos opened a 2nd location in Richmond’s beautiful Aberdeen Mall. Sixteen year old concert pianist Tim Zhang who now studies in New York was on his way through Vancouver to perform a series of concerts in China. Zhang was asked to perform for this special occasion.

Fairchild TV News came to interview Tim Zhang and film him playing a few notes on the unique avant-garde half-million-dollar Fazioli ‘M. Liminal’ piano that is on display in the new store. The 'M. Liminal' Fazioli was designed by world renowned architect Philippe Gendre of NYT Line in France.

It was estimated that in excess of 2,000 people visited or saw the new store on the first day alone.

This ‘M. Liminal’ Fazioli is the actual piano that will be seen on screen at the side of Pierce Brosnan and Uma Thurman in FOX’s new $200-million production of the movie ‘Percy Jackson’ in February. So far only eight ‘M. Liminal’ Fazioli pianos exist in the world – and one of them sits in the lobby of the new Mandarin Oriental in Taipei.

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