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"TIME TRAVEL" – Very rarely does the motto of a concert describe the essence of the event as precisely as in Pierre-Laurent Aimard's performance at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Unlike light and handy instruments, a modern concert grand piano belongs, next to the organ, rather to the "Immovable property" among the instruments. Its size of almost four square meters and its weight of almost half a ton usually prevent it from traveling to concerts together with the pianists. And the transportation costs are also enormous.

Enormous costs: a modern concert grand piano like the "353018" belongs, along with the organ, rather to the "immovables" among the instruments.

For this reason, only very few pianists travel with the pianos of their choice. All the more significant, when one of the most renowned among the renowned and one of the most demanding of all demanding, chooses our piano duo Op. 353018 for his concert!

And so, on 15.10.2023, the "353018" returned for the first time since its construction in the years 1954-1956 to the place of its creation - at the age of almost 70 years, to its acclaimed performance in the Elbphilharmonie and to its first concert ever in Hamburg!

Architectural landmark in northern Germany: Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie.

On September 24, 1956, the "353018" left the Hanseatic city for Prague. There, in the legendary Rudolfinum, it was played for years by the most famous pianists of all time. It is safe to assume that legends such as Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter and György Cziffra performed concerts on this instrument and also made recordings.

Time travel, literally: at almost 70 years of age, the "353018" returned to his birthplace - for his first concert ever in Hamburg.

After Pierre-Laurent Aimard, himself a "Luminous figure and key international figure in the musical life of our time" [Ernst von Siemens Music Prize 2017] performed on our exceptional grand piano in recent months and also recorded (Schubert dances and "Játékok" by Kurtág will be released by PENTATONE), the pianist wished to perform on Op. 353018 at the Elbphilharmonie.

Four time travelers: Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Stefan Knüpfer and Annemarie Schindler at Op. 353018 after the acclaimed concert