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Catch of the day: An Architectural Piano

In Piano News on April 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Famous for his striking Jewish Museums in Berlin and Copenhagen, Daniel Libeskind is now designing a grand piano

They say that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. (Who “they” actually are is a subject of much debate. It’s usually attributed to Steve Martin, although Elvis Costello and the actor Martin Mull also frequently get the credit.) Now, with the news that the architect Daniel Libeskind is designing a grand piano for the Royal Ontario Museum, a lot of frustrated music journalists may finally get the chance. Already famous for his striking Jewish Museums in Berlin and Copenhagen, as well as for his winning Freedom Tower design on the site of the World Trade Center, it transpires that the Polish-born architect originally wanted to be a concert pianist. After meetings with piano dealer Robert Lowrey and Nikolaus Schimmel of Schimmel Pianos, Libeskind came up with his typically dramatic, 16-foot design. The piano should be completed by Schimmel sometime next year, with plans to create further limited-edition models (it has been suggested that one may be placed near the World Trade Center site). “It’s a piano to be played, but also to be admired as a piece of architecture,” says Lowrey. And – better yet – you can dance to it. – From the Art & Design Blog by Mark Hooper 

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