The Carne foyer was well and truly woken up from its lockdown silence on Wednesday when 24 brand new Steinway pianos played gloriously together, celebrating the College becoming Europe’s very first Steinway Exclusive Conservatoire.
Students from the College and our Junior Conservatoire joined staff and graduates to perform 24 Pianos, specially written by composer, postgraduate student and conductor Julia Plaut.
Becoming a Steinway Exclusive Conservatoire means the College now has a world-leading fleet of pianos, and that every acoustic piano at the College is a Steinway.
All music students will now have access to a Steinway when they practice, when they are examined, and when they perform.
So lucky and honoured to be a part of this today, especially during such a time! Wonderful to be back in the building and collaborating with staff and students again. Also, what a view! https://t.co/JeJyqncHG8
— Rhiannon Pritchard (@rhipritchard) September 9, 2020
Why are Steinway pianos so special?
‘It’s superb that all students at the RWCMD can rehearse and perform on such wonderful instruments,’ said Julia Plaut. ‘It’s like giving them an open road to accelerate as musicians.
Visiting piano consultant Charles Owen agrees. He accompanied Principal Helena Gaunt and Director of Music Tim Rhys-Evans to choose the pianos at Steinway Hall in London.
I’ve had the best afternoon imaginable spent trying out Model D grand pianos for #RWCMD at #SteinwayHallUK Such beauty, variety, craftsmanship and an intangible magic within each instrument. Thanks to the @steinwayuk team for making us all so welcome! @hgaunt WelshHome! https://t.co/8qJswrVOMM
— Charles Owen (@owenpiano) August 6, 2020
This new delivery includes seven Steinway grand pianos, including a Steinway model D to join its fellow concert grand in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, and four Steinway AS grands.
The College is also the first to introduce Steinway’s groundbreaking Spirio technology, with the introduction of two Spirio grand pianos.
This innovation ‘offers endless possibilities for enhanced learning and musical experience,’ said Simon Phillippo Head of Keyboard Performance, ‘with the potential for remote masterclasses, performances and auditions, as new outreach opportunities and networks, not just in Wales, but across the world.’
In Pictures: The day the College became Europe’s first Steinway Exclusive Conservatoire
We’ll be showcasing and celebrating some of the many opportunities of being a Steinway Exclusive Conservatoire at our Grand Weekend, 23-25th October. Details coming soon!
The Grand Weekend is supported by the Mosawi Foundation.
You can read the full Press Release in our Press & Media Centre
Photos: Kiran Ridley, Kirsten McTernan