Monday, January 21, 2008

Requesting Donations!

For several years I have been providing free classical piano recordings. I love knowing that there are so many people who have benefited from the music that I have provided. I am just an amateur pianist and I am employed in the technology industry, but I still enjoy knowing that my music has touched the lives of others without having to touch their pocket books :)

My early recordings are live performances on decent pianos. However, my most recent recordings are made at home, on my less-than-amazing upright piano. I don't have time to engage in public performances anymore and so I don't have the opportunity to record on the concert stage; so my recordings, unfortunately, are missing the touch that a beautiful instrument provides.

My dream piano has always been the Steinway Concert Grand (Model D). It is 8' 11 and 3/4" long. Much too big to fit in my living room! The next best is the Steinway Model B. It is about 7' long and provides the pianist with an enormous array of colors and dynamics that other pianos simply cannot provide. It is a hand-made instrument and sells for approximately US $70,000. I've played thousands of pianos over my lifetime and NOTHING compares to the touch and the sound of a steinway. It truly is a dream come true (to a pianist).

So now I'm hoping that the public who enjoys my recordings might assist me in obtaining my dream piano so I can continue to provide free recordings, but on a much more brilliant and expressive instrument. Additionally, to help honor and remember everybody who helps me obtain my dream, I am going to print each doner's name on the lid of the piano once it has been purchased. This seemed to me a great way to show appreciation to all those who are willing to assist me in reaching this goal.

So if you feel at all inclined to do so, please make a donation and include your name and email address so that I can notify you once the goal has been reached. Once I have the names all printed on the lid, I'll take enough close-up pictures so that everybody's names can be clearly read. If you'd like to make a donation without your name on the piano, then please just indicate that when you make the donation.

If you'd rather not donate, I understand... but please do continue enjoying the free classical music on my Lisztonian website!