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Hungarian designed Bogányi piano introduced to the public

Monday, January 26, 2015

Budapest Music Center has revealed the brand new Bogányi piano conceived by Kossuth Prize-winning pianist Gergely Bogányi. The Bogányi piano is a revolutionary design, and its introduction to the public is a special moment in the history music. The event attended by multiple Grammy-nominated American jazz musician Gerald Clayton as well.

The piano has taken seven years to complete. The original idea of the piano developed gradually from conversations between Gergely Bogányi and his friends.

The construction of the piano has been financed by the artist himself for more than seven years. In 2012 a startup company was formed, which attracted external capital for the project. The initiative has been supported by the EU with HUF 126 million, the National Bank of Hungary with HUF 76 million, “Szerencsejáték Zrt.” and the department of human resources with HUF 100 million.

The design of the piano inspired by Franz Liszt's art, whose genius influenced many piano makers of his time, and Lajos Beregszászy the brilliant Hungarian piano maker whose revolutionary innovations adopted several major piano makers worldwide.

Pianist Bogányi in a brief presentation remarked that the design team sought to reach a powerful but clean sound that in contrast to old pianos resists wear. We strove to bring these elements together in the new model. Bogányi revealed that besides the prototype two copies of the piano have already been made.

Managing director of Zengafons Ltd. István Komoróczki said in the second half of the year the piano would go on sale and cost around EUR 200 thousand. He added that the instrument has Hungarian patent coverage, so the Bogányi piano is under protection in several countries including China and the United States.

The piano debuted at the Academy of Music on Wednesday night on the eve of the Day of Hungarian Culture as part of a private gala.

(mno.hu – hungarianambiance.com)

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