It is amazing how music not only entertains people in the ways it is meant to entertain, but how its performers adapt it to suit their personalities and transform it in ways that one never imagined possible. Music and creativity go hand in hand, and when put together, they create magic that inspire people and leave them in awe. Olivier Cumming created his piano on wheels called Rimski’s Piano, while Gary Skaggs pedals his own piano bicycle along San Francisco's streets.
This evening we had many Chopin's works performed! Theng Beng played "Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2". Zhi Yuan, who recently joined us at the Meetups, introduced us to three Preludes from Op. 28: No. 4, No. 7, and No. 20. Ren Adachi mesmerised us with "Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. posth. 66", "Étude Op. 10, No. 12 in C minor (Revolutionary Étude)", and "Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23".
Dutch pianist and composer Jeroen van Veen built a life-sized Lego Piano over a period of more than two years. Consisting of almost 30,000 second-hand Lego bricks, the idea of building the Lego Piano came about over a debate at the coffee table between Jeroen and his two sons. He gave his first public performance on the Lego Piano in his concert in Almere, Netherlands on Friday, 12 November 2016.
Eager to start the evening, Corrine and Wenqing were seen playing an impromptu duet. Theng Beng made his debut performance at The URA Centre today with the 1970 romantic piece "Love Story (Where Do I Begin?)". What's more, newcomer Sean Kong, at a tender age, impressed everyone present with Toccata by Aram Khachaturian!
It was such a magical moment, being to attend Adam Gyorgy's concert with a group of such well-dressed and passionate Pianovers, and to take a group photograph before Adam’s large standee. Although the concert was over, Pianovers could not help but reminisce about the evening, as they made their way to Toast Box for a post-concert supper where they continued to bond and bind, and to share their views about music.
It was a very distressing moment, then, when in April 2007, an Austrian-made Bösendorfer grand piano found its way onto a set of granite steps. The GBP26,000 (SGD78,000 in then’s terms) instrument was being delivered to its new owners at Devon in southwest England, when accident struck.
Since ThePiano.SG introduced the weekly Pianovers Meetups nine months ago, it has become a much-anticipated gathering for piano lovers. The Meetups are all about bringing together people with a passion for piano and music, to bond with one another and to enjoy music together. This week, however, Pianovers had a surprise in store for them, when world-renowned pianist, and Steinway Artist, Adam Gyorgy graced our session, and even had a Live Interview with us!
After Joseph played Für Elise by Beethoven, a small snippet of trivia about "The Mysteries Behind Beethoven’s Für Elise" was shared - Beethoven probably never wanted the version which is popularly played today to exist, and would have preferred the 1822 version instead. Neither was there a person by the name "Elise".
Highly acclaimed Singaporean pianist and distinguished music educator, Benjamin Loh, has officially been conferred the title of Steinway Artist on 9 December 2016 by Steinway & Sons. Benjamin will now join the prestigious international roster with over 1,600 leading musicians and have access to the worldwide resources of Steinway & Sons and its exclusive network of dealers.
Bringing food and snacks for the group, it was a potluck-style Pianovers Meetup #31. There were pizzas, fruits, dim sum, wings, otah, nasi lemak, bee hoon, egg tarts, potato chips, tuna on biscuits, home-made Ching Tng, curry puffs, salads, roast chicken, chicken pie, and plenty more going round. The Meetup began with some casual chat at the barbecue pit, and the moment was captured by a lovely group photo.