Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Showcase Pianos hires new Piano Consultant

Vancouver, BC - Showcase Pianos is pleased to announce that we have added a new member to our team of piano consultant. Tina Hunko was born in XiAn in China, raised in Hong Kong, and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Tina brings more than 6 years of experience selling pianos to Showcase Pianos, as well as a long history of teaching piano. Tina will work as the main piano consultant of Showcase's Richmond store, located in the beautiful Aberdeen Centre.

Reach Tina Hunko directly by emailing her or calling (604) 270-8883

Monday, April 18, 2011

It's finally here: The new Fazioli F228 was brought in because of popular demand!

VANCOUVER, BC - The wait is finally over. After having many visitors request to 'test' the Fazioli F228 (7'6") piano, we decided to bring one in. It has unbelievably beautiful power and sound - - - and Showcase Pianos owner Manuel Bernaschek invites everyone to come and try for themselves.

Bernaschek says: "It makes for an interesting comparison, as we have it beside a C. Bechstein C234 (7'8"), a pre-owned Bosendorfer 225 (7'4"), and a Steinway Concert Grand. No other store in BC has such an amazing selection that players compare side-by-side."

For those that have not yet tried a Fazioli, the poetic description of one by pianist and F228 owner Garrett Glass might whet your appetite:

"Don't you wish you could have been at Joan Sutherland's Italian debut at La Fenice theater in Venice in 1959? Imagine the purity of her tones as she brought the bel canto beauties of 'Lucia' back to Venice for the first time in over 30 years. Or, imagine it is Easter Morning, you are standing at the foot of the campanile of San Georgio Maggiore, and now the church bells ring out. The sounds strike deep into the fiber of your being; the broad, resonant peals of the bass notes are as pure as if they were summoned from hand bells, and they are all equally distinguishable, even though the richness of the sound echoes back to you from the waters of the Grand Canal. The sound is sustained beyond your imagination, just as it might be if you were privileged, like the popes are, to hear the Schola Cantorum Romana sing Palestrina or Pergolesi at its home in the Sistine Chapel. If you can imagine all this, you can imagine what it is like to play a Fazioli."

Fazioli Pianos are handcrafted in Italy and are regarded by many pianists as being the finest in the world. In British Columbia, Fazioli pianos are available exclusively at Showcase Pianos.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Chopin Society presents Adam Neiman's Liszt Project for Fundraiser

VANCOUVER, BC - Internationally acclaimed star Adam Neiman has embarked on a monumental nationwide project performing Liszt's Complete Transcendental Etudes and his complete Piano Concerti in commemoration of Liszt's bicentennial birthday.

On Saturday the 7th of May at 7pm, Adam Neiman will perform in Vancouver as part of the Chopin Society's annual fundraiser at the Aberthau Mansion Salon. Included among the guests of honour of the evening is pianist Daniil Trifonov, who will be performing at the Vancouver Playhouse on the following night. French hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. Tickets $125 each (Tax receipt for $100)

Adam Neiman will perform on a Fazioli piano provided by Showcase Pianos. Neiman calls the Fazioli "a superb instrument capable of delivering the ultimate palette that can express every range of colour and brilliance. A perfected action and a luscious sound – an artist could not ask for more!"

Click HERE for more information or to purchase tickets, please call: (604) 871-4450 or email: info@chopinsociety.org

Monday, April 11, 2011

Chopin Society presents Daniil Trifonov in Vancouver on Sunday May 8

VANCOUVER, BC - Daniil Trifonov is emerging as one of the brightest new names of the next generation of master pianists. Last October, Daniil Trifonov acquired an international visibility receiving the 3rd prize and a special award for “the best performance of mazurkas” at the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition, but especially impressing great artists like Martha Argerich (in the jury) and Krystian Zimmerman, with his talent.

Trifinov will be performing on a Fazioli F278 Concert Grand on loan from Showcase Pianos.

The concert will be held at 7:30pm at the Vancouver Playhouse on Sunday the 8th of May.

Tickets are $35 through Ticketmaster. Click HERE for more information.

[Photos below left: Trifonov after his performance at the Fazioli Concert Hall with Paolo Fazioli, founder of Fazioli Pianoforti, and Showcase Pianos owner Manuel Bernaschek. Right: Signed programme with the Fazioli F278 that was sent to Chopin Competition.]

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Vancouver's 13-year-old Fazioli owner Tristan Teo wins two more awards

Vancouver, BC - Nearly a year after purchasing his Fazioli piano, 13-year-old prodigy Tristan Teo takes home two more prestigious awards in some major international piano competitions. Upon returning to Vancouver from the most recent one, Tristan Teo’s achievements were recognized in the Vancouver Sun on April 5, 2011.

Click here to read the article: VANCOUVER SUN

Friday, April 1, 2011

Music Video on Fazioli: "Precious" by Waka Shinko

Vancouver, BC - Waka Shinko, the talented composer, pianist, and founder of the Piano123TV.com website, now has a music video to go with her popular 'Precious' song from her new CD "Princess in Love".

The new album, which is now available on CDbaby.com, includes many well liked songs that have quickly become popular because of social media.

The video features shots of Ms. Shinko performing on a Fazioli F278 Concert Grand at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver. The piano was on loan from Showcase Pianos, the exclusive dealer for the highly acclaimed Fazioli brand.

Also appearing in the video is a very rare Alaskan 'Klee Kai' dog named 'Clicquot'.