Changing almost 200 years of traditional piano design
Internationally-renowned Hungarian pianist Gergely Boganyi had a burning desire to add a new beauty to the way the piano looks and sounds. And…he wanted more from himself as a celebrated international concert pianist. Over the last decade, working with a team of engineers, designers, and manufacturing specialists, he rethought and redesigned the modern piano, exploring modern materials and the latest in technology and design to create the ultimate high-performance Boganyi Grand Piano.
Every change was purposeful, deliberate and careful to add to the beauty and purity of sound, as well as a reduced need for professional care. Many aspects of the piano’s mechanics have been rethought, but the heart of the innovation lies under the hood. It is built around a carbon-fiber soundboard instead of a wooden one, with the aim of creating what the marketing team describes as “a more stable, crisp and clear sound” — one that remains steady despite changes in humidity or temperature.
The designer who brought the astounding shape and concept of the Bonganyi piano to life was Hungarian industrial designer Peter Uveges, who had designed and executed a broad range of musical instruments. Uveges was inspired by Boganyi to re-design the grand piano—to change the look and sound as it had been for almost 200 years of piano tradition.
Visually the piano is something to behold, with a sleek black curvature that has earned it the nickname “bat piano.” Its footprint is similar to that of a conventional concert grand, but it has no third leg, lending it from certain angles the illusion of floating in air. The piano, manufactured by Boganyi outside of Budapest, looks like what might come off the lab bench after splicing the DNA of a Steinway and a Lamborghini.
The prototype concept model was successfully launched in Budapest with much worldwide interest, and media around the world have proclaimed its beauty and sound. When it was first launched, Norman Lebrech in Standpoint, said, “A startling new Hungarian grand is a postmodern marvel that would have delighted Liszt himself”. And Jeremy Eichler in the Boston Globe, said, “New “Batpiano” takes wing in Newport.
For more information, contact Boganyi’s U. S. Representative Michael Leitman at 954.554.0291 or [email protected]
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