Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The new Peugeot Pleyel piano

Peugeot Pleyel piano
You may have thought that Pleyel, the French piano company, had stopped making pianos. But a new one is in the offing. The Peugeot and Pleyel piano has been designed by the Peugeot Design Lab and aims to re-invent the piano in order to improve musical quality. The hammers of the playing mechanism have been lowered so that they line up with the keyboard. Tnis means that you can see the pianist's hands from any direction. 

The young Italian pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell has become the face of the piano. If you are curious, the she has recorded videos and you can see one after the jump. They sound great and the piano looks very stylish, but there are currently only two and I imagine they are expensive!

Benelli Mosell was invited to study with Karlheinz Stockhausen following her recording of his Klavierstucke I-IV. She will also be in concert with Matthew Barley at London’s King’s Place on September 13 in Classical Works; Folk Roots.

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