The Idea - Lonelypianos.com
Lonelypianos.com has the aim of finding all the pianos in the world and sharing them with other pianists.
I think it would be great if pianists were able to:
- have access to pianos wherever they are, i.e. being able to find a piano to play when travelling or at work - perhaps there is a piano you can play at lunch in the library 5 minutes away that you don't know about.
- be able to choose the brand and type of piano to practice / perform on... for example Steinway Hall rent out their Steinways by the hour in their London practice rooms in Marylebone Lane.
Founder - Chris Rolison
I'm a UK amateur pianist and passionate about all things piano. I've been playing since 1992 with a focus on playing classical music. My favourite composer is Chopin and I'm currently working on mastering Chopin's Ballade No.1 in G Minor. As a result I try to get in at least 30 minutes of practice a day but I commute to London so this can be tricky to fit in at home - leaving me looking for pianos near where I work to practice on as well.
In 2014, my fiancé and I decided to travel the world for 5 months, it was an amazing trip and I would recommend travelling to anyone if you haven't done it for any length of time before. However, when we were travelling I was desperate to find pianos to play as I was having serious withdrawal symptoms! Unfortunately, I found it very difficult to find pianos to play in any the countries we visited (Canada, US, Australia, NZ and South East Asia) as the information is very difficult to find on the internet - although I'm convinced that we were never that far from a piano that I could have played - hence the creation of this site.
The funny thing is when I tell people about this idea normally the first response I get is "Did you know there is a piano you can play at .... ?" so these pianos are known about by people out there but not listed somewhere easy to find... definitely time to change that and get them all mapped - please help by adding a piano if you know about one that is not already on here!
I would love to hear from you if you have suggestions, questions, any problems with the site or want to talk about the world of pianos in general - hit the feedback button at the bottom right of the page to send me an email.
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