Casio CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Piano Competition in South London
Casio, one of the world’s most renowned producers of musical instruments including premium digital hybrid pianos, teamed up with Dulwich Music Festival for a digital piano competition for amateur pianists of all ages. This is the third year the festival has been sponsored by Casio but the first time we have offered a competitive music platform solely on digital pianos.
We believe this is the first-ever digital piano competition held in the UK (and maybe further afield!). The competition was adjudicated by Claire Harris, Nikolas Sideris, Ben Norbury and Alison Mathews.
As the event’s sponsor, Casio showcased its award-winning Celviano Grand Hybrid digital pianos. In collaboration with renowned acoustic piano manufacturer C. Bechstein, this instrument combines key elements of a grand piano, such as the Natural Grand Hammer Action mechanism that replicates the feel of an acoustic grand piano, this, combined with full-length precision wooden keys is the perfect combination for both new learners and experienced pianists. The piano appeals to my students as it combines all the benefits of digital and acoustic pianos, while delivering the experience of playing a grand piano.
Casio have gone one step further than recreating the sound of a grand a piano and that is making the digital piano feel like a grand piano. Casio has incorporated C. Bechstein’s traditional wooden keys into the Grand Hybrid and it has also brought in a natural grand hammer action to enhance response and feedback, which in turn should enhance the expressiveness of playing. The Grand Hybrid feels satisfyingly weighty under the keys and I have not played another digital piano that actually feels like an acoustic piano.
I also love the Concert Play function that improves students’ listening skills by playing along with live orchestra audio. Very few pianists will have the option to play with a live orchestra but with the Grand Hybrid piano, it is entirely possible to bring the orchestra to you and for you to be the soloist! Listen to the Concert Play sample tracks online. You can also choose which acoustic setting you want your performance to take place in – cathedral, opera house or concert hall. The choice is yours!
I love my Casio hybrid piano. It has enhanced both my piano teaching and personal music making opportunities.The touch is authentic and the sound quality is great. Many pianists who visit comment on the quality of sound.I enjoy having two pianos for teaching. With younger students the duet mode works well when playing in unison along side the student. This helps develop listening skills and rhythmic playing in a very intuitive way.For older students it is comfortable to teach from one piano whilst the student uses the other. We also play together during the learning stages of a piece which is a very instinctive way to refine skills such as rubato, tone and shaping.The various features like hall simulator, listener position, light to heavy touch options and different piano sounds are very useful, especially in the run up to a performance. I set the piano up differently each week and the student has to play on it and respond and alter touch in real time to create a balanced performance. A particularly fun and informative setting is harpsichord with no touch response (this sounds terribly unmusical, I know) but I use this when a student is underplaying the bass lines, particularly in Bach. There is a light bulb moment when they suddenly hear balance between their own hands.I use this piano along side my Steinway model O when playing two piano repertoire. It does a good job of holding its own against my grand. Sight reading concertos with the orchestral backing is a very rewarding way of improving this skill. There are also a range of other instrument voices to select which add colour and depth when we play in groups.The record function is ever useful and just last week I recorded a set of backing tracks for a singer who needed a specific key.The Casio hybrid is great value for money. It is easy to use and I wouldn’t be without it now.Roberta WolffHighly acclaimed practice resources for students of all ages and stages. Instant download available as well as many freebies.Please check out my website for further details on what I offer in addition to piano lessons.
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