2013 Concerts and Events November 20 2013

another year gone.....

What a year,  concerts...workshops....conventions....trills and spills...festivals....and the national introduction of Mason & Hamlin pianos.

It all started way back in January with my annual trip to America for discussions and future planning with Mason & Hamlin pianos. Upon returning we invited lead design engineer (1st time) Bruce Clark to Australia. Bruce gave many lectures and workshops to our piano technicians about the WNG advanced performance piano actions. Stewart's Gold Coast Concert series began with Melbourne Artist Timothy Young. Tim tutored local students in masterclasses and entertained us with the first evening performance at the Arts Centre.

Our piano team along with our semi-concert grand traveled to Sanguine Vineyards in Victoria and participated in their annual music festival, they praised our pianos for their unique tone and power. It seemed like only another minute passed and our first ever 9.4 concert grand arrived in Australia and was introduced to many concert artists on the stage at the Beethoven Marathon held by 4MBS classic FM in Brisbane.

Gold Coast's 2nd recital introduced The Lyrebird Trio,  also recently placing first in the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition.

Alex Raineri exploded onto our showroom stage with "all things USA"performing solo piano Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Joining him that day was local vocalist Lachlan Wallace. Meanwhile back in Melbourne our 9.4ft is enjoying some recording time with Timothy Young at ANAM.......
September arrives quickly and our 7ft semi-concert is off to "Riverstage" to perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra to celebrate a live performance of the Lord of the Rings.

Early October we experience the biggest turnout yet for Trills and Spills at  the showroom, we were entertained by over 10 eager local enthusiasts with a gathering of over 50 supporters. Later that month Roger Cui carved up the piano again at our second last recital for the season in the Arts Centre......phew
Still during October... recording commenced with Russian Concert pianist; Marina Yakhlakova at Master Performers Studios for an album release early 2014. Marina will visit us in 2014 to perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.STILL in October Stewart and I travel to Sydney to present our instruments at the Australasian Piano Tuners & Technicians Convention held at Manly for 4 days. Again we invited Bruce Clark to share his wealth of knowledge to the Australian and New Zealand Technicians.
Last weekend International Artist "Freddy Kempf" performed at the Qld Conservatorium in the final Medici Concert recital for 2013. Freddy praised our piano saying he was surprised by the power and control he had, especially in the Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Freddy went on to say he will happily perform at the Mason & Hamlin again.

Stewart and I will feature our semi-concert (again) in Melbourne this weekend with Victorian Artist Anastasia Barishnikova ..... finally we will take 2 pianos to the Arts Centre for our 2013 season final recital, December 1st 2pm. Tickets are still available at the box office on (07) 5588 4000. You don't want to miss this grand finale! We will announce our Gold Coast concert program for 2014 plus other exciting news.
Have I exhausted you .... writing this summary I feel like I need to take a holiday, lucky Christmas is just around the corner, Gold Coast Pianos will be open over the Christmas period with relaxed trading hours between Christmas and New Year (closed all public holidays) just check our web site for the finer details. Normal trading will resume Monday January 6th.The team from Gold Coast Pianos & Mason & Hamlin Australia would like to thank YOU our valued clientele - for without the support of piano teachers, tuners, performers and students we could not bring these wonderful events to the stage....without these wonderful events you would not experience the absolute magic of the piano. We look forward to your continued support in the years to come.......
Have a wonderful and safe Christmas holidays.

Yours in Music,