Virtuoso mourns beloved ₤ 150,000 piano smashed by movers

A special piano which was cherished by the Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt as her “friend” was broken beyond repair work when it was dropped by specialist instrument movers.

The pricey accident occurred late last month after Hewitt completed recording Beethoven’s piano variations at a studio in Berlin. She stated it left her in such shock that it took her 10 days prior to she could reveal the news to her fans.

In a Facebook post Hewitt said her F278 Fazioli, the just one worldwide fitted with 4 pedals, and worth at least ₤ 150,, was “kaputt”. She stated: “I my piano will more than in piano paradise.”

The damaged instrument was checked by the company’s Italian creator, Paolo Fazioli, who stated it “unsalvageable”. The piano’s iron frame smashed when the 590kg instrument dropped as movers attempted to raise it on to a trolley. The force of the break, intensified by the high stress in the piano’s strings, was so strong that it split the piano’s lid in two.

“It makes no sense, financially or artistically, to rebuild this piano from scratch. It’s kaputt,” Hewitt said.

The accident left Hewitt in grieving. She said: “I loved this piano. It was my finest pal, best buddy. I enjoyed how it felt when I was taping– giving me the possibility to do anything I wanted.”

Canadian Angela Hewitt is shown playing a Fazioli piano at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy in this file photo from March 2006. Fazioli Pianoforti/Facebook

The unnamed firm of movers was “mortified” by the mishap, she said. “In 35 years of doing their job, this had never taken place before,” she wrote. “At least nobody was hurt.”

Hewitt, who the Guardian explained as “one of the excellent Bach interpreters of our day” had actually utilized the piano on all her European recordings since 2003, including a celebrated recent performance of Bach’s six partitas. They are all that remains of the piano.

Hewitt, who divides her time in between London and a house near Lake Trasimeno in main Italy, stated an “insurance coverage saga” was currently under way which she hoped would be resolved rapidly so that she might discover a replacement.

Terence Lewis, co-owner of London’s Jaques Samuel Pianos, who has supplied other Faziolis to Hewitt and spoke with her about the mishap said the destruction of the piano was “like losing a limb”.


He said: “Each and every single piano is various and you grow with them and they alter as they age and you develop together. For a pianist at that level a piano ends up being an extension of your body which’s why she dragged it around for her recordings.”

Lewis is responsible for supplying Faziolis in London venues for worldwide pianists consisting of Daniil Trifonov and Herbie Hancock. He played Hewitt’s piano when it was made in the early 2000s at the Fazioli factory in Sacile north-east of Venice.

“I understand this piano actually well,” he said, “I practiced on it for a three or 4 hours after it was made.”

Lewis stated its four pedals made it unique amongst pianos of this model, which are worth ₤ 150,000 new. “Paolo [Fazioli] states he will never ever fit four pedals ever again to it [a F278] since it was such a discomfort in the arse.”

Lewis said he felt for the moving company included. “Accidents do regrettably take place, however this was a huge one. She would not have let it be moved by anybody she didn’t trust. She was really delighted with them. I would have wept if I ‘d been involved. They must feel awful because they would understand what the instrument indicates to her.”

He pointed out that if the piano had not been harmed, Hewitt might have sold it for more than any other second-hand Fazioli of its age. “What would have added worth is that fact that it was the great lady’s piano, due to the fact that she is the goddess of the piano. If that piano went to auction unbroken that would have given it a very big premium.”

He included: “Faziolis are truly handcrafted. They make up to 150 a year. It is absolutely custom, amazing quality. When pianists begin using Fazioli they end up being committed to them.

“I spoke to Paolo [Fazioli] and he stated, no, it’s absolutely dead. He is unfortunate since it is one of his creations. And he is unfortunate for Angela, but it’s life there is not a lot you can do about it.”

A spokesperson for Fazioli said it might not comment. He stated: “Unfortunately, in such a situation we can not provide info about the instrument worth, given that an insurance examination is in development.”

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