Sunday, March 31, 2013
VANCOUVER, BC - Be sure to pick up the April 2013 issue of Vancouver Magazine where legendary writer Malcolm Parry was invited to pick up his pen once again for the iconic publication. It has been 2 years since Mac has written a word for the magazine, so his return was made more special when he was asked to interview Italian pianomaker Paolo Fazioli.
Part of the article focuses on the 50th Fazioli to sell at Showcase Pianos - a special half-million dollar concert grand with a case designed by Vancouver architect Ernest Collins.
Posted by m + j at 8:30 PM
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
VANCOUVER, BC - After 9 months of cooking, a baby girl was born to Showcase Pianos owners Judy and Manuel Bernaschek. The baby, named 'Aria', weighed 8.73 pounds.
The Bernascheks opted to have the birth at home, employing the services of Pacific Midwifery. Labour started at around 11pm, and two midwives were present along with a student and an 'Acumama' that provided relief from pain through massages throughout the process. Baby Aria was born at 3:37am on Friday in the middle of March.
More baby pictures can be seen by adding Manuel Bernaschek on Facebook!
Posted by m + j at 12:08 PM
Friday, March 1, 2013
VANCOUVER, BC – Almost everyone has heard of a Fazioli. For those that haven’t, it’s the handmade Italian piano that is shaking up the age old piano-making industry. In Vancouver, more than a few people have traded in their old Steinways to get a new Fazioli.
Many pianists were at first reluctant to try the Fazioli, which is considered by some to be ‘the new kid on the block’ in the piano world. A history of 35 years might be a long time in some businesses, but not in this industry: Fazioli’s main competitors have been making pianos for more than 150 years. Today a growing number of professionals are getting behind Fazioli, and believe that the factory’s founder Paolo Fazioli has been successful in creating the finest piano in the world.
Local retailer Showcase Pianos has sold more than 50 in Vancouver since opening their doors in 2007, and is now ‘showcasing’ local talent in its new ‘Fazioli’ ad campaign. Keep your eye out for ads featuring Austin Nash Park, a Vancouver based pianist whose new CD is being looked at by major labels. Clare Yuan is finishing her doctoral academic degree in piano performance at UBC. Jazz pianist Max Zipursky is often seen playing on the amazing custom made Fazioli in the lobby lounge at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Daniel Chow is a local accountant that has received great attention for his success at amateur piano competitions around the world. Maggie Chang is only 14 years old, and has already performed at Carnegie Hall.
Work behind the camera was done by very talented local photographers Florence Leung and Scott Adolph.
Posted by m + j at 6:36 PM