Sunday, February 27, 2011

2011 Knigge Competition Winners Perform on Fazioli Piano

[From Left: Showcase Pianos owner Manuel Bernaschek, Hanne-Lore Knigge, Competition Winner Alexander Malikov, Dieter Knigge, and Dr. Richard Kurth of the UBC School of Music]

VANCOUVER, BC - On Sunday the 27th of February at 2pm, the four winners of the Knigge Competition performed their winners recital at the UBC Recital Hall on a Fazioli F278 Concert Grand piano.

Click HERE to see the official announcement.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Internationally acclaimed Louis Lortie to perform on Fazioli with VSO

VANCOUVER, BC - On Friday March 18 and Saturday March 19, internationally acclaimed concert pianist Louis Lortie will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 on a Fazioli F278 Concert Grand Piano. The evening will also include Bach's Concerto No 5 in F minor, which Lortie will play on a harpsichord, and Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5, which Lortie will conduct the VSO himself. The concert will be held at UBC's Chan Centre for Performing Arts. Click HERE to read more about the concert.

Louis Lortie has been performing on Fazioli pianos since the mid 1980's. The $180,000 Fazioli F278 that Lortie will be performing on is on loan from Showcase Pianos.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Paolo Fazioli tours new Fazioli Suite at Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel

VANCOUVER, BC - Famed Italian piano maker Paolo Fazioli visits the new Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver. Mr. Fazioli was honoured to have a suite named after him in the hotel that showcases different aspects of the construction of the custom made $225,000 satin white Fazioli piano that is the centre-peice of their lobby.

The video, created by talented producer Kevin Li of Little Ram Media features interviews with Paolo Fazioli and his son Luca, as well as appearances by award winning 13-year-old pianist Tristan Teo, and jazz-pianist Max Zipursky.

An article about the new suite appeared in the Vancouver Sun and featured an interview with Mr. Fazioli. Click HERE to read it.

Showcase Pianos at 1224 W Broadway is the exclusive dealer for Fazioli Pianos in Western Canada. Please visit us in the store or on the web:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

FREE CONCERT: Romanian Pianist Bogdan Dulu at Chan Centre on Fazioli F278 Concert Grand

VANCOUVER, BC - As a winner of the 2011 UBC Concerto Competition, Romanian pianist Bogdan Dulu will have his Canadian debut with the UBC Symphony Orchestra on Friday the 4th of March, performing Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G. For this special event, Bogdan Dulu will play on a state-of-the-art $180,000 Fazioli piano, on loan through the support of Fazioli pianos are exclusively made by hand in Sacile, Italy.

The UBC Symphony Orchestra will present a new work by UBC Composition student, Eileen Padget, entitled Waltz After Dark, Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major and Beethoven's impressive Symphony No 5 in c minor, Op. 67.

The concert, which also features guest conductor Roman Brogli-Sacher, will be at 8pm on Friday the 4th of March at UBC's Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

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Fazioli Concert Grand to make appearance at UBC's Knigge Competition

VANCOUVER, BC - One of only two Fazioli F278 Concert Grands in Western Canada will make a rare appearance at the Knigge Competition on the 26th and 27th of February, 2011. The annual competition is open to Canadian pianists between 19 - 25 years of age. The competition is supported by a generous gift from Dieter & Hanne-Lore Knigge.

The Fazioli F278 has been provided by Showcase Pianos so that the 8 finalists can have a choice of instruments for their performance.

All events are FREE and open to the public.

COMPETITION: Saturday February 26 (9:00am - 5:30pm) Winners announced at 6:30pm
WINNERS CONCERT: Sunday February 28 (2pm)

UBC Recital Hall, 6361 Memorial Road, Click HERE for a map. Click HERE for more information on the Knigge Competition.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Showcase Pianos awarded prestigious "Roland" line of Digital Pianos

VANCOUVER, BC - On the 17th of February, Showcase Pianos - Western Canada's top dealer of European pianos - was awarded the 'Roland' line of digital pianos. Roland is the world's first producer of digital pianos, is based in Japan, has more than 2,700 employees, and has annual sales in excess of $1 Billion.

"We wanted something that would be even more affordable than our current starting price, which was $7,998 for a European upright", says Manuel Bernaschek, owner of Showcase Pianos. "We had tried some pianos that were made in China, but we weren't satisfied with the quality. We also wanted to keep the image of having 'only European' acoustic pianos. We felt the Roland pianos were a perfect match - I have always known that they are the best digital pianos in the world, so in that respect it fits very well with the image of our store."

Roland digital pianos start at $2699 and are available at the 1224 W Broadway location of Showcase Pianos. Visit us on the web at:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bernaschek featured in SR Auto's new 'Lifestyle' Magazine

VANCOUVER, BC - Almost everyone in Vancouver has seen a car driving in front of them with the message on the back: 'Tuned by SR Auto'. This month, after years of combining unique style with luxury automobiles, SR Auto Group, has begun publishing a new magazine called 'Lifestyle'. Its very first issue features an article about Showcase Pianos owner Manuel Bernaschek.

Click here to read the article: