Archive for : February, 2016

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Rhinegold live – a new piano partnership

Rhinegold LIVE is delighted to announce a new piano partnership with Bösendorfer and Markson Pianos. From 2016 onwards, the Rhinegold LIVE stage will be graced with a Bösendorfer 280 full-size concert grand piano, kindly supplied from Markson Piano’s hire fleet and in association with Bösendorfer. The 280 is one of Markson’s two flagship grands and was acquired in 2014.

Derek Smith, Chairman of Rhinegold Media & Events comments: “As Rhinegold LIVE moves in to its third successful year, we are delighted to become associatedwith the Bösendorfer brand. We welcome many world-class artists to the Rhinegold LIVE stage and it is with excitement that from 2016 we will host a world-class full-size concert grand for our artists to perform on.

The 280 was selected for its true all-round nature, affording sensitivity in chamber accompaniment, and power and clarity in solo recital; our series comprises solo piano, opera, lieder and chamber repertoire, so the 280 is a perfect fit. Furthermore, Rhinegold already enjoys an established relationship with Bösendorfer, and Markson Pianos are local to both our offices and the Conway Hall and have supplied our Music Teacher Awards for Excellence evening previously. We look forward to working with both partners further over the coming year.”

Leanne Barrell, Marketing & Promotions Manager at Bösendorfer comments: “ We are delighted that Bösendorfer pianos have been selected for the Rhinegold Live 2016 concert series, and special thanks to Markson Pianos. The Bösendorfer 280 is a remarkable instrument and produces some of the world’s most famous and recognisable piano sounds, and we look forward to the Bösendorfer piano playing its part in making these events a huge success amongst the artists and public alike.”

Simon Markson, Managing Director of Markson’s Pianos comments: “Markson Pianos are delighted to be associated with this prestigious concert series through the provision of a fabulous new, full size Bösendorfer concert grand for each piano performance.”

Founded in Vienna by Ignaz Bösendorfer in 1828, Bösendorfer is one of the oldest piano companies in the world, and also one of the most exclusive, making only a few hundred instruments each year. Bösendorfer are world famous for their quality, outstanding richness of tone colour and typical pure and inspiring sound – “DER KLANG, DER BERÜHRT” – that reflects the Viennese tradition. In an age of mass production, uniformity and standardisation the company takes great pride in its exclusivity and originality, striving to continue the mission of Ignaz Bösendorfer and his son Ludwig. Since 1828 their legendary instruments have been
handcrafted in Austria by expert craftsmen, whose skills have been painstakingly passed down from generation to generation. Influenced by all the major composers and pianists who lived and worked in Vienna, the music capital of the world, Ignaz and Ludwig Bösendorfer created and developed the finest musical instruments – a tradition that continues to this day.

Markson Pianos is a 4th generation family business, established in 1910 and specialises in the sale, hire and restoration of pianos. Markson Pianos offer a wide range of grand and upright pianos, both new and pre-loved. On display in their London showroom are pianos from around the world in traditional and contemporary designs. Each instrument is carefully prepared by skilled piano technicians and Markson Pianos offer a comprehensive service for all of their customers, including tuning, moving, storage, teaching and recording. The emphasis is on customer satisfaction and sound advice. Markson Pianos are London’s leading provider of pianos for concerts, all types of events and of course for the home.

Rhinegold LIVE series: January 2016 – April 2016


Thursday 4th February 2016 6.15pm drinks reception | 7.00pm recital Hailed by reviewers as “a colossal musical mind” with a “transcendent technique”, Jonathan Plowright is recognised globally as a truly exceptional pianist. This recital coincides with the launch of Brahms vol. 3 – the third disc in his acclaimed series with Swedish label BIS. Jonathan’s earlier Brahms releases received widespread critical acclaim, earning him 5-star reviews across BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone, an ‘Outstanding’ Award from International Record Review and ‘Editors Choice’ in ABC Limelight magazine; his interpretations compared to the likes of Lupu, Katchen, Arrau and Pires.

Brahms: Rhapsody in B minor Op.79 No.1
Mozart: Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman”
Brahms: Ballade Op.10 No.4
Paderewski: from Humoresques de Concert Op.14
No.1 Menuet
No.2 Sarabande
No.3 Caprice
Chopin: Scherzo No.2 in Bb minor Op.31

This concert is followed by an informal Q&A which will be conducted by Owen Mortimer, editor of International Piano magazine.


Rhinegold LIVE is a concert series organised by Rhinegold Media & Events Ltd, and supported by Rhinegold Publishing Ltd and Classical Music, Opera Now and International Piano magazines. The series aims to offer accessible music to all in an informal and intimate environment. Artists select music which has special meaning for them, and recitals take place in-the-round at London’s Conway Hall, giving audience-members an up-close experience. Rhinegold LIVE organises six concerts a year and each concert is preceded by a complimentary drinks reception and followed by an informal Q&A with the artist and a Rhinegold Publishing Ltd editor.

Rhinegold LIVE alumni include: Julian Lloyd Webber, Mary Bevan, Andrew Litton, Jennifer Pike,Charles Owen, Artur Pizarro and Carolyn Sampson.

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Yamaha CFX at the Brit Awards

Markson Pianos provided a brand new Yamaha CFX concert grand for the David Bowie tribute at the 2016 Brit Awards. The piano was fittingly played by Mike Garson, Bowie’s recording and tour pianist. Later in the week, the CFX will be played by Hiromi Uehara at the Palladium theatre, London with Grammy-Winning Bassist, Producer, Composer Stanley Clarke.




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The New Bösendorfer 280 VC Vienna Concert Grand Piano – A Real Game Changer




On a recent trip to Baden Baden, Germany, Julian and Simon Markson were invited along with other European dealers for a first glimpse at the new Bösendorfer 280 Vienna concert grand. With 5 years in development and as many different prototypes, the aim was to maintain the traditions of Bösendorfer whilst creating a piano for the 21st century. They have succeeded!


We enjoyed a performance in our hotel by pianist Aleksandra Mikulska on the Bösendorfer 214 which enthralled the audience, followed by a talk on the technical aspects of the construction of the new Bösendorfer concert grand.


In the evening we were invited to a concert at the Festpielhaus Festival hall to hear Sir András Schiff play on his own personal new Bösendorfer 280 Vienna concert grand. In Sir András Schiff’s after dinner speech he enthused over the new grand with its rich resonance and dynamic possibilities, stating “all musical instruments try to imitate the human voice, providing an extension of the artists imagination, capturing the mood of the artist”. “Congratulations, I have always been a friend of Bösendorfer but with this instrument you will win many new friends”.



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