Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt mourns destruction of prized Fazioli piano

Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt mourns destruction of prized Fazioli piano

Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt mourns destruction of prized Fazioli piano

"I feel ready now to share a very sad piece of news". The movers were "mortified", she said.

Hewitt had used the piano for every recording she had made since 2003, as well as several concert performances. The piano, a handmade Fazioli, belonged to Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt, whom CNN calls "one of the world's leading classical pianists".

Hewitt said Italian engineer Paolo Fazioli inspected the hand-built piano and deemed it "not salvageable".

In her most recent stop in Germany last month, she was in the studio to finish recording "Beethoven Variations in Berlin".

Terence Lewis, co-owner of London's Jaques Samuel Pianos and who knows both Hewitt and her piano, told the Guardian that her specific Fazioli piano model is worth about 150,000 pounds, or roughly $194,000, if purchased new.

Hewitt wrote that it made no sense "financially or artistically" to rebuild the piano - it was simply "kaputt". "In 35 years of doing their job, this had never happened before", Hewitt wrote on Facebook. In a post lamenting the damage, Hewitt described the piano as "my best friend, best companion". "At least nobody was hurt", she added. "I loved how it felt when I was recording-giving me the possibility to do anything I wanted", she wrote.

She declined an interview with the BBC while "the insurance saga is in progress". A spokeswoman for Fazioli Pianos also would not comment, citing a "strict internal rule" about protecting clients' privacy.

The piano had only recently been equipped with new hammers and strings.

The president of Showcase Pianos, which has two locations in B.C., said Fazioli is the preferred brand of some of the world's top musicians, including jazz great Herbie Hancock. "It's going to appeal to someone high level".

A unique and beloved piano belonging to Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt has been broken beyond fix, after being dropped by specialist instrument movers.

"They say once you play a Fazioli, you see that pretty much all other pianos you have to beat the sound out of the piano".

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

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

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