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The Travelling Piano makes a thunderous debut

The tour of pianist Horia Mihail – the concert soloist of the Radio Choirs and Orchestras – marks Franz Liszt’s 200th anniversary and includes recitals in 12 cities.

The “The Travelling Piano – On the Trail of Franz Liszt” tour has begun, with the first recitals held in Sibiu and Bucharest, over the weekend highly appreciated by a public who rewarded the performances with standing ovations. The spectators, some of whom travelled from other cities especially to witness the event, enjoyed the all-Liszt concert performed by pianist Horia Mihail.


“I went through intense emotions At some point during my performance, I was overwhelmed at the thought that more than 150 years ago, in the same hall, the current Reduta Hall, the Maestro to whom this tour is dedicated – Franz Liszt – was winning, through the music coming from his magic fingers, the hearts of an audience in a Transylvanian burg already accustomed with the sound of professional musicians,” Horia Mihail said after the second recital.


“The Travelling Piano” was carrying on with a recital at the Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca yesterday evening.


Following the example of the Magyar composer, who during 1846-1847, was performing concerts in the Romanian Principalities on an Erard piano that accompanied him throughout his tour including five of the 12 cities where Horia Mihail is due to perform, the latter pianist too will have a travelling piano with him. The first seven concert dates will preview the second part of the project, the itinerant piano.


The piano will accompany the pianist to the cities of Hunedoara, Deva, Alba Iulia, Dumbraveni and Medias, which are lacking a top performing instrument. On April 21, the piano will arrive at Medias, the end-point of the tour, where it will be handed over to local authorities during a ceremony following the last recital of the tour. The tour will be more than a one-off event, as it will be reprised in the coming years….


“It is a new experience, I have been on tours before, solo recitals, solo concerts, plenty of them, yet such tour is a first for me, it definitely produces a different kind of emotions,” Horia Mihail said.


The next recitals part of the tour will take place in Baia Mare – April 7, Targu Mures – April 10, Iasi – April 12, Bucharest – April 15, Hunedoara – April 17, Deva – April 18, Alba Iulia – April 19, Dumbraveni – April 20 and Medias – April 21.

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