World Records related to Piano

World Records related to Piano

Playing the piano has always been seen from the typical educational, musical, and performing perspectives. Thus, it can be a refreshing surprise to view it from a new perspective: world records related to piano! Many pianists themselves might not be even aware of these achievements. Time to find out!


Most musicians to play the same piano simultaneously

Who:  Angela Montemurro, and her 17 students
Where: Italy, Bari
When: 20 October 2014
Source:   Guinness World Records

The most musicians to play the same piano simultaneously is 18, achieved by Angela Montemurro (Italy) and 17 of her students, who performed the piece Galop Marche composed by Albert Lavignac (France) in Bari, Italy, on 20 October 2014.


Most musicians to play the same piano (relay)

Who:  Kuniko Teramura
Where:  Japan, Hikone
When:  22 April 2012
Source:   Guinness World Records

The most musicians to play the same piano was 103 in an event organized by Kuniko Teramura (Japan) and friends, at the Shiga University Auditorium, in Hikone, Shiga, Japan, on 22 April 2012. The participants played during 20 minutes Beethoven's 'Ode to joy'. Participants were rotating during the attempt so all could play.


Most piano key hits in one minute

Who:  Bence Peter
Where:  Hungary, Debrecen
When:  15 January 2012
Source: Guinness World Records

The most piano key hits in one minute is 765 and was achieved by Bence Peter (Hungary) at Debrecen Ball of the City, Kolcsey Convention Center, Debrecen, Hungary on January 14, 2012. Peter's key of choice was C#.


Longest marathon playing keyboard / piano by an individual

Who:  Romuald Koperski
Where:  Poland, Gdansk
When:  31 January 2010
Source:   Guinness World Records

The longest marathon playing piano lasted 103 hr 8 sec and was completed by Romuald Koperski (Poland) at Alfa Centrum, Gdansk, Poland from 27 - 31 January 2010. The attempt was timed by Tissot of Switzerland, and was officially started by Danuta Walesa, the Polish First Lady.


First piano concerto for cat

Who:  Mindaugas Piečaitis
Where:  Lithuania
When:  05 June 2009
Source:   Guinness World Records

"Catcerto" is a four-minute piano concerto for chamber orchestra and cat composed by Mindaugas Piecaitis (Lithuania). The piece – in which the orchestra accompanies a video recording of a cat pawing at notes on a piano – was debuted at the Klaipeda Concert Hall in Klaipeda, Lithuania, on 5 June 2009, with Nora the cat at the piano. Composer/conductor Piečaitis notated Nora’s melody from a video recording he had seen on YouTube then composed the orchestral accompaniment to match. The piece requires the orchestra to play live alongside Nora’s projected video footage. Nora is a rescue cat from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA, and is named after the painter Leonora Carrington. She was given a new lease of life by piano teacher Betsy Alexander and artist Burnell Yow. In 2009, Nora was named Cat of the Year in the annual ASPCA Humane Awards.


Largest piano ensemble

Who:  555 participants led by conductor Lee Sun-Young
Where:  Korea (South), Incheon/Samsan
When:  07 October 2007
Source:   Guinness World Records

The largest piano ensemble consisted of 555 participants led by conductor Lee Sun-Young at the '555 Fantastic Piano Festival' organised by Young Chang Co. Ltd (South Korea) at the Incheon Samsan World Gynasium, Incheon, South Korea on October 7 2007. The ensemble featured 348 upright pianos, 31 grand pianos and 176 synthesisers. The concert was held to celebrate the city of Incheon winning the right to host the 2014 Asian Games.


Longest career as a music teacher

Who:  Charles Wright
Where:  United States, Bridgeton
When:  23 March 2006
Source:   Guinness World Records

The world record for the longest working career for a music teacher was set by Charles Wright (USA, b. 24 May 1912) who began teaching piano privately and professionally in 1931. He continued to do so for the next 76 years until he passed away on 19 July 2007, aged 95 years 56 days.


Fastest piano stair climb

Who:  José Angel Aria Villanueva
Where:  Spain, Madrid
When:  26 October 2000
Source:   Guinness World Records

In a time of 1 min 6.35 sec, José Angel Aria Villanueva (Spain) climbed a staircase (15 steps each 35 cm (13.77 in) high spanning a total length of 2.5 m (8.2 ft)) carrying a piano stool and then returning to pick up a 175 kg (385 lb)piano before sitting down to play at it for three minutes on the set of El Show de los Réecords , Madrid, Spain on 5 December 2001.


*Note: the world records shown in this article might not reflect the most recent.