Piano Day @ Budapest Palace Of Arts, 29 March

  • 8 Feb 2019 9:23 AM
  • Mupa - Palace of Arts
Piano Day @ Budapest Palace Of Arts, 29 March
Ever since 2015, the 29th of March has been dedicated as Piano Day, a date set aside to celebrate the classic instrument, chosen because it falls on the 88th day of the year – the number of keys on a standard keyboard.

All over the world on this day, the piano will be placed in the limelight, with the events held in Hungary filling nearly all the spaces of Palace of Arts Budapest.

The initiative is the brainchild of modern classical composer and performer Nils Frahm, who is giving two sold-out concerts at Müpa Budapest this year, and world-renowned piano manufacturer David Klavins, who counts Frahm among his customers.

The two conceived of the day as an occasion to celebrate – in addition to the instrument itself – composers who write works for it, piano makers, tuners and movers, as well as piano aficionados.

One of the participants in the programmes – with the exception of the evening concert, all free of charge, although some require advance registration  – will be the Hungarian-based David Klavins himself, who will present his innovative instrument, the Una Corda, which visitors will be able to try out over the course of the day, when it is not being used in an official programme.

In the afternoon Gábor Gyöngyösi, a master of the Fender Rhodes electric piano, plays in various spots around the building, as will two Italian talents from the cutting edge of contemporary modern classical music: the prolific and versatile Luca Longobardi and the more puritanical Ed Carlsen, who plays in an ambient vein.

The evening concert features noted Hungarian representatives of the modern classical style, with vaghy and the iamyank Live Ensemble opening for Ukraine's Lubomyr Melnyk, in his first Hungarian appearance ever.

Melnyk is a legendary figure in post-minimalism and continuous music. Playing at a breath-taking tempo, Melnyk is considered by many to be a "prophet of the piano". This rare live performance is guaranteed to be the highlight of Piano Day 2019.

Admission to many of the concerts is free of charge.


Una Corda instrument demonstration - David Klavins
29 March 2019, 10 am, 11 am, 4:30 pm

Gábor Gyöngyösi
29 March 2019, 5:45 pm

Luca Longobardi
29 March 2019, 6:30 pm

Ed Carlsen
29 March 2019, 7:15 pm

Vaghy / iamyank Live Ensemble / Lubomyr Melnyk
29 March 2019, 8 pm
HUF 3,500

Palace Of Arts
1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1.

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Müpa is regarded as Hungary's top cultural brand, and the most modern cultural institution in the capital. It opened its doors in 2005 to provide events of international quality to a diverse audience, bringing together all the varied disciplines of the arts in a unique fashion. To this day it provides a cutting-edge home for classical, contemporary, popular and world music, jazz and opera, as well as contemporary circus, all types of dance, literature and film.