Canadian musician Angela Hewitt had a nasty surprise with German movers in late January. His grand piano, worth almost € 180,000, was destroyed when he moved to Berlin. It was an F278 Fazioli, a very rare model.
The internationally renowned musician was very affected.
"It was such a shock to me that I didn't want to share the news immediately," she wrote in a Facebook post posted on her page last Sunday. "I loved this piano. He was my best friend, my best companion."
For 17 years, the pianist has recorded all of her albums on this piano. She had just finished recording her variations of Beethoven when the incident happened. The movers had to take him out of the recording studio when they dropped him.
"Financially, rebuilding it would make no sense"
The piano is too damaged to be repaired. "Financially or artistically, rebuilding it from scratch would be meaningless," said the pianist. With its four-pedal mechanism, this model was unique in the world.
The moving team was "mortified". "In 35 years in the business this had never happened to them. At least no one was hurt," writes Angela Hewitt.
The musician plans to get a new piano in Sacile, Italy, from Paolo Fazioli. But the process should take several months.