Tuesday, October 30, 2012

AirSprint's New Cessna CJ2+ visits Boundary Bay with FAZIOLI and Lamborghini

DELTA, BC - Fazioli buyers joined Lamborghini enthusiasts at the new “CZBB” terminal in Delta to see the new Cessna CJ2+, and were able to check out some cool lux items from Palladio Jewellers, and enjoyed live jazz by the Max Zipursky trio on a beautiful FAZIOLI.

A Concert with 40 Fingers on 4 Pianos!

RICHMOND, BC - The jury of the upcoming NorthWest International Piano Ensemble Competition will come to Showcase Pianos + Academy in Aberdeen Centre to perform great favourites such as Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Vivaldi Concerto, Bergmann Four for Boogie and more!

Performers include Tomislav Baynov from Germany, Jeroen Van Veen from Netherlands, and local Canadian Duo Elizabeth & Marcel Bergmann!

Thursday November 15, 7:30pm
Showcase Pianos | FAZIOLI
Aberdeen Centre
#3480 - 4151 Hazelbridge Way
Richmond, BC V6X 4J7

Tickets: Adults $20, Students $10
For tickets please call: (604) 270-8861
Limited seating so book early 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Colton's Private Couture: Vancouver's finest shopping experience

RICHMOND, BC – Colton Couture is a high-end clothing retailer that was created for customers that want to enjoy the finest service, combined with the world’s finest brands at unbeatable prices.  As a division of online retail giant BlueFly.com, they are able to share their buying power with their new private retail location in Richmond: Colton Couture.

In conjunction with Taste of Life (PinWei) Magazine and Showcase Pianos | FAZIOLI, they put on a private fashion show on Thursday the 18th of October to showcase some of their new products and millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds.

Proprietor Howard Colton announced to the guests that “Colton’s Couture associates itself with only the finest brand names in the world, like the Fazioli piano.”   Showcase Pianos provided a rare white Fazioli for the evening, and guests enjoyed background music played by talented local artist Austin Nash Park as well as a couple of songs by soprano Mariana Valdes.

Visit Colton Couture on the web:  http://www.coltons.ca/ 

Hong Kong Superstar Anthony Lun performs on Fazioli for Chi Heng Foundation

VANCOUVER, BC - On Thursday the 18th of October Hong Kong Superstar Anthony Lun came to Vancouver to support the Chi Heng Foundation’s annual fundraiser by playing on a beautiful white Fazioli F183 that was handmade in Italy.

ANTHONY LUN: In the world of rising stars, few have achieved originality and a defined technique as Anthony Lun. After graduating from the University of Michigan as a classical pianist, Anthony started his singing career in the United States, performing at various exclusive places and at the same time, working as a producer in many recording studios.

From 1986 to 1989, Anthony Lun's main target is song arrangement, producer and musical director. He mixed the western music essential with Cantonese pop music. He composed over 300 songs with 42 No.1 hits from 1986 to 1997 and he also released about 20 albums.

Besides the awards mentioned, Anthony Lun was the Best Male Vocalist of the year of Commercial Radio in 1991. During 1992, the song "I Said I Want You To Be Happy" was the Most Performed Song of the year of Television & Radio Hong Kong. " I Said I Want You To Be Happy" and "Why Did I Let You Go?" were the Best Songs of The Year of various multi media. Besides that, Anthony Lun also won the Most Outstanding Youth of Hong Kong Award in 1993, Cartier Achievement Award in 1995 and Composer Achievement of Commercial Radio HK in 1998.

CHI HENG FOUNDATION: Founded in 1998, the Chi Heng Foundation is a charity registered and based in Hong Kong with offices in Henan, Anhui, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.  It is a non-government organization whose programs are funded by private donors, business, and partner NGOs.

CHF primarily focuses on paying for the children’s education and living expenses, making sure all funds are delivered directly to schools and programs by our staff. CHF does not operate orphanages or foster homes. Instead, local relatives often take in the children, allowing them to continue to grow up in their native villages. To further decrease their sense of social stigma and isolation, CHF places the children in schools that purposefully integrate the orphans with children not affected by HIV/AIDS. These efforts aim to give orphans a stronger sense of community and belonging.

FAZIOLI:  Founded in 1979 by pianist and engineer Paolo Fazioli, the ultra-fine pianos are now considered to be the pinnacle of what is being produced in the world of pianos today.  Showcase Pianos is the exclusive dealer for Fazioli pianos in the Canadian province of British Columbia.   http://showcasepianos.com

Photos by Roger Ting

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fazioli displays at China Music Expo in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, CHINA – Each year there are 3 big tradeshows for musical instruments in the world, the biggest of which is now the one in Shanghai.  Whereas it might be acceptable to have a simple display at the famous NAMM Show in Anaheim, many piano factories will go the extra mile and make a beautiful display in Shanghai.

This year Fazioli made a beautiful booth, and displayed 6 pianos – including the special ‘Marco Polo’ Art Case piano.  Fazioli invited Manuel Bernaschek of Showcase Pianos in Vancouver to use his ability in Mandarin Chinese to help at the show, which was a 4-day barrage of noise as visitors came to test the literally hundreds of pianos at the different booths in the hall.

The Fazioli name continues to grow stronger in the music world as was evidenced by the many competitors that came to pay their respects to Fazioli founder Paolo Fazioli and express their great admiration for what he has accomplished with his incredible pianos.

This year the Fazioli factory has again produced more pianos than they ever have before in any calendar year, and have now surpassed the grand piano production of several well know German brands.

After dining with Dr. Jian Li, the dean of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and other ‘heavies’ including the President of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, it was commented: “It’s a real privilege to be associated with some of the greatest success stories in the piano world today: Paolo Fazioli for being an artist with a passion for creating perfection, and his dealer in China – Parsons Music – who has become one of the most powerful companies in the music world.”

Parons Music, owned by brother and sister team Terrence and Arling Ng, employs a total of 4,600 worldwide and owns one of the largest piano factories in the China.  Next year they hope to produce 70,000 pianos, many of which are for Kawai, Baldwin, Brodmann, Sejung, and Steinberg.  Bernaschek was invited to speak to 45 of their senior branch managers and sales people about promoting the Fazioli brand in China.

Throughout the presentation, many in attendance asked questions related to comparing the Fazioli to other well-known brands.  Upon hearing the translation Paolo Fazioli stopped the discussion to give a strong reminder to all those in attendance that the only focus should ever be to tell the customer the features of our own piano – and never to sell by putting down others brands.

During a private dinner on the final evening, Paolo Fazioli expressed that the continued increase in orders meant that they may eventually need to consider yet another expansion.  Fazioli again emphasized that no single brand should be aiming for world domination, and that his ideal has always been to give pianists a choice.  

[Left to Right: Christian Fischer of Piano-Fischer in Germany, Luca Fazioli son of 
factory founder Paolo Fazioli, Daniel Merriam of Merriam's Music in Toronto]

[Paolo Fazioli and son Luca show off the hand painted lid of the Marco Polo F183]

[Renowned Conductor and Concert Pianist Shi ShuCheng draws a crowd]

[Paolo Fazioli with pianist Shi ShuCheng]

[Paolo Fazioli and son Luca together with Terrence and Arling Ng]