English National Opera today announced Yamaha as the Official Piano Partner of ENO. Yamaha is now the exclusive supplier of pianos to ENO and will collaborate with the Company to support ENO’s continued commitment to musical excellence.
As a result of this partnership, ENO will be the first opera company to use the revolutionary TransAcoustic™ piano, which is now located in the orchestra pit in the auditorium of the London Coliseum.
Martin Fitzpatrick, ENO’s Head of Music said “At ENO we give our pianos a thorough workout. Creating the orchestral colours on a piano requires an instrument of artistry and reliability, delicacy and toughness, depth and precision. I am delighted that, through this new partnership, Yamaha have provided ENO with pianos that fully meet the demands we place upon them”.
Each model of Yamaha piano installed at ENO across the Company’s rehearsal studios in West Hampstead and in the bar spaces at the London Coliseum was selected following rigorous testing and evaluation by professional staff alongside ENO répétiteurs and music staff. This ensured they had the correct tonal flexibility and durability required for its specific use, be that in the pit, rehearsal room or a bar in the London Coliseum.
Charles Bozon, Director of Classic Division, from Yamaha Music UK commented “Yamaha pianos are to be found in many of the world’s finest venues and studios; this is the first time we have had the opportunity to partner a major opera company and we look forward to combining in introducing and inspiring many more people to music making with ENO.”