Straightstrung Concert Grand
Daniel Barenboim & Chris Maene unveiled a ground-breaking new piano, the Barenboim-Maene Concert Grand - based on Steinway & Sons, at a special event at London’s Royal Festival Hall (26 May, 2015).
Barenboim was inspired to create a new piano after playing Franz Liszt’s restored grand piano during a trip to Siena in September 2011. Struck by the vital differences in sound of an instrument constructed with straight, parallel strings rather than the diagonal crossed ones of a contemporary instrument, he set out to create a brand new instrument that combines the best of the old and the new and offers a real alternative for pianists and music-lovers in the 21stcentury.
The new Barenboim-Maene piano combines the touch, stability, and power of a modern piano with the transparent sound quality and distinguishable colour registers of more historic instruments and, while it does not differ significantly in looks from a modern concert grand, most of its components – including the braces, the Chris Maene patented soundboard, the cast-iron frame, the bass strings, the keyboard and action – have been specially-designed and tailor made and the positioning of others, such as the hammers and strings is radically different.
Maestro Daniel Barenboim said “I’ve fallen in love with my new piano, and want to spend as much time with it as possible.”
There are only two Barenboim-Maene straightstrung concert grands in the world.