On March 31st 2008, Maestro Ashkenazy, incoming artistic director and chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony, chose a brand new Steinway Model D-274 for the Sydney Opera House.
On March 31st 2008, Maestro Ashkenazy, incoming artistic director and chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony, chose a brand new Steinway Model D-274 for the Sydney Opera House. The piano was freighted over from Hamburg, landing in Sydney on Wednesday 9th April, just in time to make its debut at the Steinway Spectacular, a concert featuring eight concert grands on Sunday 13th April.
Maestro Ashkenazy chose the perfect concert grand from eight Steinway Model Ds made available to him by Steinway & Sons, a place he knows very well.
A replacement strategy for the pianos was put in place 18 months ago by the Sydney Opera House after a report written by Theme & Variations found two of the three concert grand pianos were well over 10 years old.
In an interview conducted by the Sydney Morning Herald asking the Maestro how you choose the perfect piano, he responded:
“It is the sound. The sound depends on the dimensions, the thickness of the material. However carefully you cut it and put it together, you cannot determine really what is inside that tiny piece of wood. Each tree is different, each branch is different.”
“It’s that simple and that complicated at the same time. It’s not a mystery. It’s nature.”
To watch a rehearsal of Bolero with eight pianists in action at the Theme & Variations Greenwich showroom, visit http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=UDnG7NVK6Vs