International Stretto Piano Festival
The first International Stretto* Piano Festival was held in May 2021.
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.
All pianists perform on pianos or keyboards with keys narrower than normal.
It is truly a unique event and the first of its kind, involving a worldwide collaboration of pianists.
*Stretto means narrow in Italian.
Listen to this fascinating episode from The Piano Pod about the International Stretto Piano Festival and Hannah Reimann’s journey with Stretto pianos (i.e. alternatively sized keyboards). Pianist Julia Furnan also talks about her discovery of Stretto pianos!
The Second International Festival
The second International Stretto festival was broadcast from 18 to 26 June 2022.
Over 40 performers were involved through live-streamed and concerts recorded from stages, universities, pianos stores, private studios and homes across five continents!
Media release: https://paskpiano.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Stretto-Festival-2022-Press-Release-06082022.pdf
Ticket page: https://info.musae.me/stretto-2022
You can still purchase tickets and watch any of these concerts any time, even though the festival has concluded!
Media stories - 2022
West View News, New York, July 2022:
Introductory videos - 2022 festival
The Inaugural 2021 Festival
The first International Stretto Piano Festival was hosted online by musae.me from 15 to 23 May 2021.
The six countries represented were: 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-2021
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
Media stories - 2021
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 - 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):-