Coach House Pianos opens new London showroom UK piano supplier Coach House Pianos has opened a new showroom in London. The showroom is located in the Art Deco-style Talisman Building on New King’s Road in the Chelsea Design Quarter, southwest London. It plays host to a wide range of grand and upright pianos from world-leading brands, including new Bösendorfer Vienna Concert grands, the latest hybrid ‘silent’ pianos and self-playing baby grands.
Music meets fine art at Coach
House Pianos in London
A custom design studio on site allows clients to personalise their new piano or work with designers and manufacturers to create unique statement instruments. Also housed within the showroom is London’s new Bösendorfer Hall, an intimate venue for hosting online and live performances. The showroom interior has been designed by Ken Bolan, antiques dealer and founder of Talisman. Furnishings include fine art, 20th-century designer furniture, antiques and objets d’art – all of which are available to buy.
It’s a bold move for a piano company at a time when many retailers are cutting costs due to the pandemic, but Coach House Pianos founder Nick Rusling is confident the gamble will pay off: ‘The last few months have made everyone realise how important our homes and interests are, and we have seen a huge surge in the desire for better and more beautiful pianos.’ The company’s education manager David Halford is similarly positive about the future, particularly when it comes to his plans for Bösendorfer Hall. ‘As soon as live events resume we will launch an annual season of recitals curated by the Russian pianist Yulia Chaplina,’ he explains. ‘Our partner schools will also be invited to make use of the space, and we can consider applications from charities who need a music venue for fundraising events.’
Coach House Pianos is currently offering showroom tours via video link for customers who book in advance. coachhousepianos.co.uk
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Ciccolini Academy launches online piano competition The Aldo Ciccolini European Arts Academy, Italy, has announced the launch of a new online piano competition. The Ciccolini Prize Competition will be held at least once a year and is open to pianists of all ages and nationalities. The inaugural competition is accepting applications until 1
Each winner will be offered a recording contract with Divine Art Records to make an album for the label’s new Debut Series. Recording sessions will take place in the Palace of the Arts Beltrani in Trani, Italy, on a Steinway model D-274.
Applicants are invited to submit a 25-minute video performance with their own choice of repertoire. Entries will be assessed by a jury led by competition president Pierluigi Camicia and artistic director Alfonso Soldano.
Stephen Sutton, CEO of Divine Art, said: ‘It is a great privilege for us to be chosen as the Ciccolini Academy’s partner in this exciting new web-based competition. Though, of course, a concert hall performance in front of the jury is preferable, this format will allow more pianists to enter without the expense and diffi culty of travel to a venue.’ accademiaciccolini.org www.international-piano.com
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