Monday, May 27, 2013

5-year old West Vancouver Prodigy Ryan Wang Plays Fazioli on Ellen Show

WEST VANCOUVER, BC - Ryan Wang is the five year old student of FaFan Piano Studio in Vancouver, and on Monday the 27th of May, 2013 he appeared on Ellen TV.   The talk show is hosted by Emmy award winning comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres.

A rare hand-made Italian Fazioli F278 Concert Grand was brought in especially for Ryan Wang.  The Fazioli piano is quickly becoming the favourite of many talented artists around the world and can be seen in top universities and performance halls.

Watch the video here:

Saturday, May 4, 2013

YuJa Wang Performs on Fazioli

SACILE, ITALY - On Friday the 3rd of May, 2013 international concert pianist YuJa Wang performed at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile, Italy.

Wang comes from a musical family. She entered Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music at age seven and studied there for three years. At age 11, Wang was accepted as the youngest student in the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada.  After several summers of participating in the program, Wang moved to Canada at age 14 to continue her studies at the Mount Royal University Conservatory.

In 1998, Wang won 3rd prize in the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists, in Ettlingen, Germany. In 2001, she won Third Prize and Special Jury Prize (awarded to an especially superior finalist of less than 20 years in age, prize money of 500,000 Japanese Yen) in the Piano Section at the First Sendai International Music Competition in Sendai, Japan.

In 2003, Wang made her European debut with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, Switzerland, playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 under the baton of David Zinman. She made her North American debut in Ottawa in the 2005/06 season, replacing Radu Lupu performing the Beethoven concerto with Pinchas Zukerman conducting.

On September 11, 2005, Wang was named a 2006 biennial Gilmore Young Artist award winner, given to the most promising pianists age 21 and younger. As part of the award, she received $15,000, appeared at Gilmore Festival concerts, and had a new piano work commissioned for her.

Starting at age 15, she studied for five years with Gary Graffman, who was also Lang Lang's teacher, at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and graduated in May 2008. She is increasing the number of concerts she is playing, and has "developed a novel reputation" of replacing sick pianists, yet going on "to deliver a knockout performance."

In 2006/2007, she performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in the Netherlands, the China Philharmonic in Beijing and the Guangzhou Symphony and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Did pop superstar Wanting Qu 曲婉婷 blow up a $280,000 Fazioli in her new MV?

VANCOUVER, BC - A new video by Chinese-Canadian pop superstar Wanting Qu features a $280,000 Fazioli concert grand piano that appears to spontaneously catch on fire and explode.  The video was filmed in Vancouver and premiered on on Thursday the 2nd of May, 2013.

Wanting Qu (曲婉婷) is a Chinese-Canadian pianist, singer and songwriter based in Vancouver and born in Harbin, China.   In 2009 she became the first Chinese artist to be signed to the Nettwerk label and is managed by Terry McBride.  Her first album, “Everything In The World” went platinum in China within its first week on sale, and her singles "You Exist in My Song" and "Drenched" were used in the soundtrack for the Hong Kong film “Love in the Buff”.   Earlier this year she became the first ever tourism ambassador for Vancouver, with the intention of raising Canada's profile among destinations for Chinese visitors.

The Fazioli piano she used in the video was the F278 Fazioli which is 9'2" in length and made by hand in Italy.  Fazioli pianos have recently received much attention among top level pianists in the world and is hailed among them as being the finest piano currently in production in the world.   The factory - just north of Venice - produces only 10 pianos a month, and each one is hand-crafted over a period of 3,000 man hours.

View the video here.  More stills below.