International Stretto Piano Festival
The first International Stretto* Piano Festival was hosted online by musae.me from 15 to 23 May 2021.
All 17 pianists performed on piano keyboards narrower than the conventional keyboard with its 6.5 inch octave.
The aims of this festival:
- Raise awareness and promote the idea of alternate piano key sizes.
- Promote and elevate the careers of the performers on these keyboards.
- Assist in energizing a community of those who are proponents of this technology.
It is truly a unique event and the first of its kind, involving a worldwide collaboration of pianists.
The six countries represented: USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Austria and Brazil.
You can still purchase tickets and watch the performances at any time after the time of broadcast. Visit the festival website: https://info.musae.me/stretto
You can watch videos of two of the 2021 performers, Carol Leone and Eliana Yi, here: https://www.elianayipianostudio.com/performances, and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXoZWUwC4jurCp1na-OQh6w
The next Stretto festival will be held in June 2022 – watch out for news in the coming months!
*Stretto means narrow in Italian.
Stretto Festival Media Release:https://paskpiano.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Stretto-Festival-2021-Media.pdf
West View News, New York, 3 May 2021: http://westviewnews.org/2021/05/03/international-stretto-piano-festival/
The Village Sun, New York, 15 May 2021: https://thevillagesun.com/stretto-piano-festival-is-a-big-step-for-keyboard-choice
Pearls and Irritations, Australia, 20 May 2021: https://johnmenadue.com/standard-piano-keys-are-too-wide-for-too-many-but-alternatively-sized-keyboards-are-on-the-way/
Introductory videos for 2021 festival
Introductory video from co-artistic directors, Hannah Reimann, Carol Leone and Rhonda Boyle:-
Introductory video from Ulrike Wohlwender, from the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart (Germany):-