Sydney Opera House | Piano Day 2020 Commission

Piano Day "celebrates the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most importantly, the listener,” as described by its founder, Nils Frahm. It's held on March 28th, the 88th day of the year, which references the 88 keys on a modern piano. To celebrate Piano Day this year, the Sydney Opera House live-streamed a 50-minute program which featured a number of performances and exclusive interviews, showcasing both the piano and the diversity of musicians that have walked through the Opera House’s stage door.

I was honoured to be commissioned by the Opera House to write the musical 'theme' of this broadcast; a short excerpt of piano music which accompanied the title sequences and credits. I really enjoyed this short project and being able to work in a professional role, as well as working with a budget to involve various colleagues and produce the final recording to a professional standard. Performed by Scott McDougall and mixed by Jerome Blazé, you can hear the full recording at 49:56 of the video below.

The program was a great success and included performances by Jon Hopkins, Margaret Leng Tan, Joep Beving, Andrea Lam, and Simon Tedeschi - I highly recommend checking it out! It's especially important to support digital initiatives like this during these difficult times for musicians and the arts.

Stay happy and healthy.


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