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The inauguration of the Bösendorfer Imperial Grand piano at Radio Hall

Tuesday, 16 November 2010 , ora 10.48

The press conference dedicated to the inauguration of the new piano of the concerto studio Mihai Jora, at the Radio Romania headquarters, took place Thursday, November 11th 2010 at the Eugen Preda centre of the institution. The conference had invited Oltea Șerban-Pârâu, the manager of the Radio Choirs and Orchestras, Tiberiu Soare, the conductor of the inauguration concerto and also the members of the Romanian Piano Trio: pianist Horia Mihail, violinist Alexandru Tomescu and cellist Răzvan Suma.

The newest acquisition of the Radio Hall is a Bösendorfer Imperial. The instrument, made in Vienna, has an extended keyboard with 97 keys, through it the sound achieving profoundness. Another characteristic is its size, the Imperial Grand type being at its 2.40 meters the biggest serial concert piano in the world. The approximate value of this type of piano is 175,000 dollars. Those present at the 11th November conference were able to see and photograph the instrument ; the actual inauguration took place Friday November 12th at the Radio Hall. The first pianist that had the opportunity to enthral the audience through the sound and the technical possibilities of the Bösendorfer piano was Horia Mihail, who opened the concerto with the interpretation of the concerto Fantasy on Polish Airs by Fréderic Chopin. The concerto took place under the aegis of the Music On tour of the Romanian Piano Trio band, and had also in the programme the work Rondo in G-, for cello and orchestra by Antonín Dvoűák, The Tzigane Rhapsody for violin and orchestra by Maurice Ravel and The Fantastic Symphony by Hector Berlioz.

Andreea Chiselev
Translated by Monica Cristina Țone and Andreea Velicu
MA students, MTTLC, Bucharest University