The main role in our Stories is (almost) always played by the Celviano Grand Hybrid. You can read here how the GP-500 held up so well against its classical opponent in Berlin, what role the hybrid digital piano played at a successful surprise event in Milan and why its influence on style in Poland was for aesthetic rather than acoustic reasons.
In early 2017, an unusual world premiere took place at the Chamber Music Hall in the famous Berliner Philharmonie: The CASIO CELVIANO Grand Hybrid GP-500, the innovative hybrid digital piano, was first heard at a performance with an orchestral accompaniment.
Haruka Kuroiwa, Japanese pianist and winner of numerous international piano competitions, performed Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 23" alongside the New Prussian Philharmony. This was followed by a version of Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), as arranged by Arnold Schönberg, alongside mezzo-soprano Gundula Hintz and tenor Vincent Wolfsteiner. The audience was able to enjoy an unusual listening experience: Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 23" was performed as is customary on a C. Bechstein grand piano. Haruka Kuroiwa then switched to the hybrid digital piano, resumed with the third movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto and continued with the CELVIANO Grand Hybrid for Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.
What musician does not dream of performing on a grand concert stage? This dream came true for three pianists from Italy. During the Grand Hybrid experience, where the GP-500 hybrid digital piano from the CASIO CELVIANO Grand Hybrid series took centre stage, pianists from all over Italy were invited to send in a video of them playing an original piano piece.
The three lucky winners were chosen from over 100 entries by an expert panel. Their prize: They were given the opportunity to perform their piano pieces on the stage of the Teatro Gerolamo in Milan in front of friends, family and journalists; captured on video to preserve the unique moment. What the pianists did not expect: They were not only able to perform their pieces on a CELVIANO Grand Hybrid but they were also accompanied by a hidden chamber orchestra which was only revealed when the curtain was raised — to the huge surprise of the pianists. A very emotional experience and a memory that will surely stay with all of those involved long into the future.
The CASIO CELVIANO Grand Hybrid GP-500 was at the centre of the CASIO GRAND DESIGN competition. The task was to design a piano stool that worked perfectly with the silhouette of the hybrid digital piano. Competitors needed to create a piece of furniture that "completed" the piano, emphasised the character of the instrument and met the needs of musicians with regard to aesthetics and ease of handling. The CASIO GRAND DESIGN competition was aimed at architects, product designers and art students . The competition winner, Anna Miszko, is not only a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, but is also a pianist herself.
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