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Pianist Angela Hewitt loses ‘best friend’ after movers destroy her £150,000 grand piano


Classical musician needed 10 days to get over the shock before announcing the news

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 9:57 pm

Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 9:57 pmWorld renowned classical pianist Angela Hewitt in happier times with Prince Charles at St James’s Palace reception (Photo: Getty)

The world-renowned classical pianist Angela Hewitt has been left devastated after movers dropped and destroyed her beloved Fazioli concert grand piano, one of only four pedal F278 Faziolis in the world.

Not only was the lid split in two but the iron frame was also smashed when it failed to make it safely onto a trolley to be transported after a recording session in Berlin.

Makers Fazioli Pianos confirmed the instrument, worth at least £150,000, has been rendered unsalvageable.

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Ms Hewitt, who divides her time between London and Italy, said the news about her piano had shocked her so much she was unable to “share it with the world” for 10 days after it happened at the end of January.

Dropped and destroyed

She had used for all of her CD recordings in Europe since 2003 and many concerts.

But now she has accepted it was not just badly damaged but beyond repair.

“It makes no sense, financially or artistically, to rebuild this piano from scratch. It’s kaputt.”, she said.

The firm responsible for the damage has not been forced to face the music, remaining unnamed by Ms Hewitt.

Unlike this one, Angela Hewitt’s grand piano has been classified as beyond repair by makers Fazioli (Photo: Getty)


In a Facebook post, she only wrote: “The movers of course were mortified. In 35 years of doing their job, this had never happened before.

“At least nobody was hurt.”

But the loss of the piano has been painful for the Canadian musician famed for her Bach interpretations.

Movers ‘mortified’

“I adored this piano”, she wrote, “It was my best friend, best companion. I loved how it felt when I was recording – giving me the possibility to do anything I wanted.

“I hope my piano will be happy in piano heaven.”

Now the 61-year-old must play it by ear and wait for the insurance process to be complete before she can form a new Fazioli friendship with strings attached.