New Singapore Record For The Longest Piano Playing For 13 Hours

Piano Marathon @ ION Orchard 2017
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More than 120 aspiring musicians came together today to play the piano for charity and made Singapore musical history with a new entry into the Singapore Book of Records.

For close to 13 hours from 10 am to 11 pm, musicians from between the ages of four and 54 played more than 200 works at Steinway Gallery Singapore’s Piano Marathon 2017 @ ION Orchard, a fundraiser for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) which provides arts training to children and youth from financially disadvantaged families. The event marked Steinway Gallery Singapore’s inaugural community engagement programme as well as a fundraiser for charity on such a scale in Asia.

The youngest participant of the event, four year old Jake Chew in two works by Mozart - Picture by Steinway Gallery Singapore
Gareth Ki and Chloe Ki performing Moszkowski's Spanish Dances Op. 12 Nos.1 and 2 - Picture by Steinway Gallery Singapore
Yuki Tan and Joshua Tan performing "The Serpent's Kiss" from  William Bolcom's The Garden of Eden - Picture by Steinway Gallery Singapore

Piano Marathon 2017 @ ION Orchard raised close to $17, 500 for BT BAF which came from participants’ registrations and donations from seven organisations and individuals. The donors included Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, APEX Private Wealth Management, Dr Wilson Goh & Mrs Karen Goh, Oakwood Studios Singapore, American Express, Yuli Inc. Fine Jewellery and Professor Thomas Aquinas Hecht.

The event also scored an entry into the Singapore Book of Records for “Longest Piano Performance.”

Guest performer Eunice Olsen performing All I Want for Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock and Feliz Navidad - Picture by Steinway Gallery Singapore
A young participant from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' School of Young Talents drawing the crowd at ION Orchard in the evening - Picture by Steinway Gallery Singapore
Well–known Steinway Artist Ádám György was guest performer with three pieces, his own composition "One Night in New York", his own improvisation on a theme by Kodaly and Franz Liszt's 'Rigoletto' Paraphrase - Picture by Steinway Gallery Singapore

Says Ms Celine Goh, General Manager, Steinway Gallery Singapore: “Through this event, we discovered that there are so many music lovers out there who play really well and are passionate about piano playing. However, beyond being a platform for aspiring pianists and music lovers to share their interest, this marathon is also for a good cause and we hope to do this marathon biennially to alternate with our Steinway Youth Piano Competition.”

The marathon drew a constant stream of audience from shoppers at the mall throughout the entire day. Highlights included a performance of two Mozart works by four-year old Jake Chew and a raucous Boogie Woogie by 11-year old Jesse Collins. The event also saw support from guest performers Eunice Olsen, well known Singapore musician, host and founder of Eunice Olsen Media as well Steinway artist pianist Ádám György who has performed widely here in Singapore.

Adam Gyorgy (L) receiving a painting by one of the beneficiaries from The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, from Celine Goh, General Manager of Steinway Gallery Singapore (R) - Picture by Steinway Gallery Singapore
Certificate presentation of the "Longest Piano Performance" in the Singapore Book of Records. (L-R) The emcees of the event, Celine Goh, General Manager of Steinway Gallery Singapore, Phan Ming Yen, Director of Global Cultural Alliance (representing The RICE Company Ltd)and Ong Eng Huat, President of the Singapore Book of Records. - Picture by Steinway Gallery Singapore

Says Mr Tan Tee Tong, Director, The RICE Company Limited which manages BT BAF: “It is heartening to see the community come forth to make music with so much enthusiasm and passion in support of the efforts to provide arts training for those who are less fortunate. The support we have received is encouraging and it gives us much impetus to even further our work with those from underprivileged families.”.

Piano Marathon 2017 @ ION Orchard is organised by Steinway Gallery Singapore and co-organised with The RICE Company Limited in support of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. This event is managed by Global Cultural Alliance and supported by ION Orchard.