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    BSENDORFERThe magazine by Bsendorfer Austria N0. 9 | 2014/2015

    Postage paid | Publishers post office: 1010 Vienna, AustriaL. Bsendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH, Bsendorferstrae 12, 1010 Vienna, Austria, [email protected], www.boesendorfer.com | If undeliverable, please return to sender

    Interviews: Tori Amos and Eleanor Sokoloff

    Viennese Sound

    New Bsendorfer Artists

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    erath

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    B S E N D O R F E R The magazine by Bsendorfer Austria

    An article by Monika Hildebrand, journalist for Piano News magazine

    Bsendorfer Downtowns 100th Anniversary: A special celebration!

    C e l e b r a t i o n

    The Vienna Musikverein, a landmark in the heart of Vienna, contains not only the famous Golden Hall, it also is home to Bsendorfer Downtown, the Vienna salesroom for these wonderful pianos. The relationship with the Musikverein, the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Society of the Friends of Mu-sic) was already very close when Bsendorfer moved in over 100 years ago. Ludwig Bsendorfer was an honorary member of the society up to his death.

    Meanwhile, the salesroom can look back on 100 unfor-gettable, special years in the Musikverein building, where the good vibes no doubt synergize with one another. Equally unforgettable and special was the anniversary cel-ebration that took place the evening of November 13, 2014 in the superb HalleNsalon of the neighboring Hotel Imperial. There, a masterful Bsendorfer instrument Model 225 was waiting to be played in order to show what a Bsendorfer grand piano is capable of. Yet who was to play on this spe-cial evening? After all, many pianists love the highly personal sound of Bsendorfer pianos. There is hardly a pianist who performs in the Musikverein who fails to meet Anne-Sophie Desrez, the Sales Manager, at Bsendorfer Downtown in or-der to play on the grand pianos on display there. The beauti-ful atmosphere invites people to stay for a while it is a salon that provides these wonderful instruments with the environment they deserve.

    Franz Liszt already played on a Bsendorfer grand piano, not least of all due to its stability, which held up to his virtuosic, tempestuous playing. Anton Rubinstein, Pablo Sarasate, Eugen dAlbert, Max Reger, Johannes Brahms, Ignaz Paderewski, Hugo Wolf, Bruno Walter, Bla Bartk, Edvard Grieg, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Arthur Rubinstein and numerous other famous pianists and musicians were Bsendorfer lovers. Today, too, the list of pianists who play a Bsendorfer piano is long. It was therefore not easy to de-cide who should play on this special evening in celebration of our anniversary. Many would have been worthy and every-one would have made the evening unforgettable in his or her own way.

    In the end, Dr. Johannes Kropfitsch, Vice Dean of the Kon-servatorium Wien, pianist and composer, was chosen. His knowledge is immense and poured out of him during his lecture on Bsendorfer and the Viennese Sound, which he held to introduce the evening. Yet this was but the first part of Johannes Kropfitschs performance. Immediately there-after the audience was treated to a feast for the ears: the concert on the masterful piano. The programme contained a Schubert Impromptu, Liszts Mephisto Waltz, the Soire de Vienne by A. Grnfeld / Johann Strauss, and finally a compo-

    sition written by the pianist himself, in which he once again showed his passion for virtuosity. During the performance, the piano revealed itself in all its facets and appeared to be content. The many pianists in the audience for the occasion visibly enjoyed the evening and felt properly entertained up to the final notes.

    During his era, Ludwig Bsendorfer, the son of the com-pany founder Ignaz Bsendorfer, placed considerable emphasis on concert life in his company. This tradition lives on 100 years later. Bsendorfer Downtown is increasingly de-veloping a select concert culture under the auspices of Anne-Sophie Desrez. The pianos are pushed aside in order to give the audience room for small, fine concerts. Presentations of the latest models with their continually innovative develop-ments, all the way to the new SH Silent System version are every bit a part of the Bsendorfer Downtown scene as are concerts on exceptional instruments designed by architects or other artists. An example is the Klimt Grand Piano with its inspiring reproduction of The Kiss by Gustav Klimt on the inside lid.

    Young artists then and now continue to be promoted by Bsendorfer. Already in 1889, Ludwig Bsendorfer do-nated a premium piano to the winner of the Bsendorfer Competition. It is good, that these traditions continue to be cultivated and fostered, that value continues to be placed on the quality of the instruments, and that they are handmade in Austria with considerable expertise. We wish these tradi-tions to experience many more beautiful and unforgettable anniversaries!

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    Dr. Johannes Kropfitsch, Vice Dean of the Konservatorium Wien

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    E D I T O R I A L

    Contents

    Dear Reader,

    Editorial

    2013 saw the 185th anniversary of the founding of our com-pany by Ignaz Bsendorfer. 2014 saw the 100th anniversary of our Vienna flagship Stadtsalon shop situated in Bsendorferstrasse in the world famous Musikverein building. Bsendorfer is a com-pany steeped in history. However, we do not believe in standing still and are constantly trying to per-fect on perfection. Not only do our craftsmen and engineers painstaking re-examine our processes precision through engineering, perfection through craftsmanship but we re-view product design and introduce new models on a regular basis. This year saw the introduction for Europe of a silent version of our 170 model, combining the best of two worlds, Bsendorfers world class acoustic instruments together with Yamahas superb digital silent system. It also saw the introduction of the second Marquetry edition piano the Schnbrunn model following the sell-out of the first two series.

    Our magazine is a collaborative effort with stories con-tributed by staff members, distributors and friends. The highlight of this issue is an interview with Tori Amos, an art-ist with such close ties to Bsendorfer. There is also an inter-view with one of the most respected teaching professors in the USA and a passionate fan of Bsendorfer, Eleanor Sokolov. She celebrated, like our Stadtsalon shop, her 100th birthday this year. Professor Kropfitsch, Head of Keyboard Studies at the Konservatorium Wien (City of Vienna University for Mu-sic), has kindly written an article on Viennese sound from an artist and composers view.

    Please enjoy these and the other interesting stories.

    Brian Kemble, MBE MAManaging Director

    Imprint Editor, media proprietor, publisher: L. Bsendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH, Bsendorferstrae 12, 1010 Vienna, Austria, Tel. 01.504.66.51-0 Design and layout: FineStudios e. U., Vienna. Produced and printed in Austria. Distribution: self-distribution to Bsendorfer friends and interested parties. Editorial office address: L. Bsendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH, Attn.: Marion Alex-ander, Gymelsdorfergasse 42, 2700 Wr. Neustadt, Austria. Senior editor: Marion Alexander. Authors: Marion Alexander, Anderson Museum, Mag. Sylvia Marz-Wagner, Forte and Piano Moskau, Monika Hildebrand, Brian Kemble, Prof. Johannes Kropfitsch, Simon Oss, Ritz Carlton Vienna, Emilio Rodriguez Drop Artist Management, Yamaha Artist Service Center NY, Yamaha Music Asia, Ya-maha Music China, Markus Walther, Klaus Wingensiefen General Management. Photos: Anderson Museum, Luca dAgostino Phocus Agency, Forte and Piano, Nancy Horowitz, Kunstuniversitt Graz Institut Oberschtzen, Montreux Jazz, National University of Singapore, NIJPC, Marialy Pacheco, David M. Peters, Richard Galassini, Gerhard Peyrer, Ritz Carlton Vienna, Sara Ruano/Drop Artist, Markus Sepperer, Wolfgang Simlinger, Jennifer Taylor, Yamaha Music China; Cover: Stefan Hderath. Translation: Albert Frantz. Primary direction and disclosure according to media law: Magazine for persons interested in music and friends of Bsendorfer in Austria. Errata and printing errors, etc., including price quotations, excepted. No liability is assumed for unsolicited pictures and manuscripts submitted. Reprints permitted exclusively upon written consent of the publisher. All rights reserved. Contributions marked by name present the authors opinion, not always that of the publisher. No legal action will be countenanced for sweepstakes.

    Bsendorfer Downtowns 100th Anniversary .............................. 2Editorial Imprint ................................................................................... 3Happy Birthday Mrs. Sokoloff! .......................................................... 4Harriet Krijgh A Rising Star and Her Festival ........................ 6International Jen Takcs Piano Competition 2014 ................. 6 Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition ................ 7Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition 2014 ...... 7 Marialena Fernandez Passionately Crossing Borders .......... 8Wien Modern six grand pianos in 12th-tone tuning .............. 9Tori Amos: Unrepentent and resonationg with the now . 10Viennese sound from an Artist and Composers perspective ............................................................................................... 12

    Carlo Grante performing at Lincoln Center in New York ..... 14Viennese gala celebration at the AMoCA Museum in New Mexico ....................................................................................... 14Viennese Tradition meets Moscow ................................................ 15A night of the arts at the Ritz-Carlton in Vienna ..................... 15 Marialy Pacheco Welcome to the Bsendorfer Artist Family ..............