Sat 23 Mar 4.30pm
£8, conc. £6
Austria/Germany | 2009 | col | 93 mins | dir.s. Lilian Franck, Robert Cibis, with Stephan Knüpfer, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Lang Lang | doc | cert. tbc | in German and English with English subtitles
The award-winning film Pianomania follows Stefan Knüpfer, Steinway & Sons’ Master Tuner in Vienna, as he works with some of the world’s best-known concert pianists, including Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Lang Lang and Alfred Brendel. To find the right instrument with the necessary qualities and compatible with the vision of the virtuoso and tune it to perfection needs nerves of steel, and boundless passion. With rarely seen rehearsal and music recording footage, Pianomania reveals the art, the science and the passion behind the search for perfection.
“Surprisingly compelling! Too intriguing and entertaining to be left to the specialists… A captivating film not just for pianomaniacs.” – Time Out London
The film will be followed by a discussion with Ulrich Gerhartz of Steinway & Sons, “the German master who keeps the giants of piano playing in tune” (Guardian)