VANCOUVER, BC – Near the end of January 2013, the founder of the Fazioli Pianoforti factory in Italy Mr. Paolo Fazioli visited Vancouver as one of his 3 stops during his quick tour through North America. Arriving into Vancouver on the late evening on Sunday, he went straight to the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel where he enjoyed a live performance by local sensation Roy & Rosemary together with the Vancouver Academy of Music’s Stradivari Ensemble.
Many passersby were blown away by the beauty of the music, and soon the entire lobby was packed with people surrounding the centerpiece: a one-of-a-kind $225,000 Fazioli piano designed by MGB Architecture, the same firm that designed the lobby. During his stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Mr. Fazioli stayed in one of the hotel’s ‘signature suites’: “the Fazioli Suite”. A total of 1,200 sq ft in size, the huge room features photos taken during the construction of the Fairmont’s piano.
The next day featured visits to the homes of some customers that had recently ordered or received a Fazioli piano with a special finish. The evening concluded in White Rock where Roy & Rosemary played again, together with singer/songwriter Austin Nash Park, soprano Sarah Tatto, Loverboy’s pianist Doug Johnson. The evening was concluded by a moving performance by pianist-turned-accountant Daniel Chow.
The final day included a quick drive up to Whistler to sign the iron plate of the first Fazioli to be sold into the Whistler area. Although normally cloudy, the sun peeked through the clouds for a few brief moments for Mr. Fazioli to be able to appreciate the beauty of the snow covered hills.