Winnipeg in America is now the new home to one of the rarest, priciest, and most impressive grand pianos around today, and somewhat surprisingly, it belongs to none other than a 10 year old local piano prodigy who is apparently destined for great things in the music world. The ten year old in question is Sarah Shing, who is now the proud and incredibly lucky owner of a Fazioli concert grand piano (which is worth a hefty sum), which was purchased from Vancouver-based Showcase Pianos. Sarah, who is currently a grade 5 piano student, (who has also won gold performances and music scholarships as well as having performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), said she first saw the Fazioli concert grand at one of the most esteemed piano competitions in the world. Each Fazioli piano takes up to a whopping three years to make, according to Vancouver-based Showcase Pianos, which sells the rare and exquisite Italian-made pianos in western Canada.
“It’s really special because it was played in the Honens competition in Calgary, and it’s signed by Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea,” Sarah said on Monday. “I never thought I would ever get something in the house that was this special.”
Sarah Shing started early!
Shing started learning piano at the age of three, and she scored an astonishing 98.8 per cent on her Grade 4 exam. Showcase Pianos owner Manuel Bernaschek, who is the representative for Fazioli in Western Canada, said each Italian-made piano takes up to three years to make. The piano has parts plated in 18-carat gold, and the soundboard is carved from the same trees that Antonio Stradivari used for his famous and beautiful instruments, according to the company. “The list price is around $270,000 or $280,000, so it’s about double the price of what … a comparable Steinway concert grand is in the same size,” Bernaschek said. Bernaschek said it’s believed that Shing’s piano is the first Fazioli in Winnipeg.
Get a foot up and start early like Sarah Shing!
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