Derby Music Academy
Institute of Excellence
Piano Talk - Grand Matters at Hand
Nothing is quite as satisfying as playing on a good piano! Nothing can match the buzz one feels when the weight of a finger on a key, balanced with correct body posture and muscular intent, delivers the exact sound required; the instrument resonates with soft, smooth creamy sounds or yawning, booming chords in response to the provocation of the pianist.
Whenever we get asked to perform at an event, we find ourselves worrying about the instrument with which we are about to be confronted. The times we have been reassured that the piano to be provided had ‘been tuned’, was in ‘good condition’, or my favourite, ‘sounds fine to me’, are countless, and yet we find ourselves suffering through performances with pedals that squeak, notes that stick or worst of all, keyboards that have been called pianos! Imagine our delight when we walk into a venue and find a sleek beast of a piano waiting to be stroked, caressed and made to sing! We take delight in coaxing the best sounds from the instrument, bringing out the light and dark colours and cajoling intense and strong, or gentle, fluid tones from deep inside the sound box.
At Derby Music Academy we are intensely aware of the importance of having a good instrument on which to work. A beginner needs to learn to listen finely and hear with a sensitivity that makes playing the instrument worthwhile. A singing student should be accompanied on a good instrument. Too often, backtracks, keyboards and poor quality pianos, while providing a service, actually lower standards of excellence so important when training the ear and mind of a new musician.
We are proud of (and in love with) our two beautiful grand pianos at the studio. Every note played on the Petrof and August Förster matters. Both are from manufacturers that are highly regarded by musicians all over the world. The sound result, because of the size of these two pianos (5’4” and 5’8” respectively), is acoustically excellent for the rooms they inhabit. The pianos take on their own personality and meet our students/musicians where they are in their musical understanding and offer a standard of brilliance that should be the least expected, by any aspiring musician.