Classical virtuoso loses ‘best friend’ as movers drop $200,000 piano

Angela Hewitt

Angela Hewitt

The Canadian virtuoso's beloved Fazioli piano was the only one of its kind.

In addition to her many concerts, the Ottawa-born virtuoso said she played the customized four-pedal piano on every album she's recorded in Europe since 2003.

Angela Hewitt wrote via Facebook on Sunday that she'd just finished a CD recording session of Beethoven in Berlin when she received news that her beloved F278 Fazioli had been damaged beyond fix.

"I adored this piano", she wrote.

"I couldn't believe it", she wrote.

Hewitt said "the iron frame is broken, as well as much else in the structure and action (not to mention the lid and other parts of the case)".

Hewitt said her fans will be able to hear that the piano was in top form on the Beethoven Variations CD when it comes out in November.

The craftsmen only build about 140 pianos a year, and combined with Hewitt's hectic touring schedule, she predicts it could be months until she gets a replacement. In 2007, movers delivering an $89,000 grand piano to the Two Moors Festival in Devon, southern England, dropped the instrument out of their van.

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Hewitt, lauded as the pre-eminent player of Bach and described by The Telegraph as contributing "something special to Bach's iridescent kaleidoscope of musical invention", said her final recording would be a tribute to the lost piano. The movers were "mortified", she said.

Hewitt said she is now wading through an "insurance saga", which she expects to take several months. "In 35 years of doing their job, this had never happened before".

Simon Markson, managing director at Markson Pianos in London, told CNN he thought a £150,000 ($194,000) estimate of the piano's value if it were new was accurate. "At least nobody was hurt", she continued.

"Indeed, her instrument was the only existing one with this peculiarity", wrote Turrin: "This represents a huge loss for Mrs. Hewitt".

David Andersen, a Los Angeles-based piano technician servicing concert pianists, said that for a piano to sustain such irreparable damage, it would have had to have taken a nasty fall.

"It's an expensive piano", he said.

In the meantime, she wrote in closing on Facebook, "I hope my piano will be happy in piano heaven".

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