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PIANO DAY

“Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.” – Nils Frahm

Piano Day, an annual worldwide event founded by a group of likeminded people, takes place on the 88th day of the year – in 2021 it’s the 29th March – because of the number of keys on the instrument being celebrated.

The aim of the day is to create a platform for piano related projects in order to promote the development of musical dimensions and to continue sharing the centuries-old joy of playing piano. Piano Day welcomes all kinds of piano lovers — young and old, amateur and professional, of any musical direction – to join in. It is intended to be the most joyful of all holidays!

> Official Piano Day Playlist on Spotify
> Piano Day Playlist 2020 on Soundcloud

JOIN IN!

The desire to celebrate this versatile instrument is growing greater than ever, and we were delighted to list more than 100 piano-related events for Piano Day 2020 and feature more than 200 piano pieces submitted by artists from all across the world in the official Piano Day playlist.

For the upcoming edition on 29th March 2021, we would love to keep the spirit alive and celebrate Piano Day with you! Despite the troubled times or even more than ever, we should turn to music to find a sense of calm or inspiration.

Due to the unprecedented times and dynamics regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we obviously encourage all the piano lovers, organizers, and promoters to celebrate Piano Day 2021 responsibly and adapted to the current situation; we have to put everyone’s health and safety first. Of course, we would love to see live music events happening wherever possible and feasible; but given the present circumstances, we would like to inspire all you piano lovers to find other ways of celebrating our favorite instrument.

Save the date and be part of the action: Organise your own Piano Day Celebration on 29th March! Create your own live stream concerts, online events with friends or send your videos, photos, stories, poems – anything that is piano inspired –, and we are happy to share it with our community. Write an email to [email protected], and we will come back to you with further details.

Stay safe, and enjoy the music. Love, PD

Events

There are no events listed yet for Piano Day 2021.

How will you celebrate the Piano Day? Let us know about your ideas and we will do our best to support your project as well as to involve it in the worldwide Piano Day celebration. Share your videos, poems, photos and don’t forget to tag us in your posts!

Projects

Piano players, whether amateur and professional, of any age, or any musical persuasion have kindly shared their specially composed pieces with the piano lovers all over the globe. Listen to the last years Piano Day playlist of these tracks:

There are so many pianos that are not being played for several reasons: they are broken, stored in piano shops or used as items of furniture rather than a musical instruments. At the same time there are loads of talented pianists who have no possibility to own a piano. Piano Day gives an opportunity for the holders of the unused pianos to place them where they can be enjoyed by a lot of people. Everybody who wants to share the joy of playing and listening to piano music is invited to participate and take action!

For the 2015 and 2016 editions, Nils Frahm released some special Piano Day treats. “Solo” and “Solo—Remains” are still available for free download in 24bit and mp3 format.

“In the end, every album production leaves you with the same tough task – making the choices for the final track selection. You leave out some tracks for various reasons: some of the tracks are wonderful by themselves, but they simple don’t fit anywhere in the album and others have to be left out because otherwise the vinyl would become too long for a cut in good quality. However, these outtakes are often as important as the final selection and I thought, they might be a great surprise for Piano Day too. I hope in this case, it’s both …“

The first project revealed by the Piano Day team in 2015 was the building of what will be the world’s tallest piano, the Klavins M450 designed by the visionary piano builder David Klavins.

Unlike traditional concert grand pianos, which are usually built horizontally, this giant is orientated vertically. Weighing nearly a tonne and standing at 4.5m high the M450 stretches over two floors, a design that allows the strings to vibrate better. However, the project is not about setting world records in terms of size. The aim of it is to expand and go to the not yet reached physical limits of the piano instrument and it’s sound and thereby opening doors to new musical possibilities and dimensions.

Because of it’s much longer strings and larger soundboard among other factors, the sound of the M450 will be characterised by an even clearer sound with a lot more depth and richness of overtones, producing an unrivaled large harmonic spectrum and intensity of tone, which will increase the musical capabilities of the piano, for modern music in particular. M450 is meant to continue the centuries-old history of the piano instrument and and it´s evolution which had rather stagnated in recent decades.

THANK YOU

Piano Day would be nothing without you – dear piano lovers all around the world. We want to say a heart-felt thank you for your commitment to the Piano Day projects. The desire to celebrate this versatile instrument is growing greater than ever and we are more than happy to share this feeling with you.

Piano Day is a worldwide celebration of the piano every 88th day of the year.
Leiter Verlag GmbH & Co. KG · Urbanstraße 116 · 10967 Berlin · Germany · [email protected]

Piano sounds played and recorded by Nils Frahm. Piano images by Lia Darjes.
Design and realization by Studio Torsten Posselt and Sebastian Schmieg.
Website by Built with Understanding.

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