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Pianist Brian Ganz will be featured on Fazioli piano

Pianist Brian Ganz will be featured on Fazioli piano

April 05, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va - Pianist Brian Ganz will conclude the Guest Artist Series at Shepherd University by playing the "Stradivarius of pianos" today at The Frank Arts Center Theater.

The series, which opened in September, is hosted by Friends of Music, the music department's nonprofit fundraising arm.

To make the final show of the 2006-07 series special, Ganz will be performing on the music department's Fazioli piano, said Mark McCoy, chairman of the music department. McCoy compared a Fazioli piano to an Antonio Stradivarius-produced violin - one of the best instruments of its type ever made.

Fazioli pianos are handcrafted in a factory about 35 miles northeast of Venice, according to the manufacturer's Web site ( Its construction and the kind of timber used is what gives the piano its unique sound, McCoy said.

"I came across one and I played it and I couldn't believe the richness of its sound," he said.


The music department has had the piano since the 2003-04 school year, McCoy said.

Others pianists who have performed on it include Marvin Hamlisch and Louis Lortis.

Ganz has won awards and competitions as a concert pianist, including a Beethoven Fellowship from the American Pianists Association. He has recorded eight albums of mainly classical works.

For more information about Ganz, visit his Web site at

If you go ...

WHAT: "Pianist Brian Ganz performs as part of the Guest Artist Series, hosted by Shepherd University's Friends of Music

WHEN: 8 p.m. today.

WHERE: The Frank Arts Center Theater, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

COST: $15 at the door or at

MORE: For more information, visit Shepherd University Friends of Music online, at

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