The first Duke of Wellington once owned what is now Britain’s oldest grand piano. It was built in London by Americus Backers in 1772 and is 240 years young and still going strong! Take a look at this extraordinary piece of musical history.
5 Star Review
“Josh is a true musical professional. Very organized and adaptable. He has played music for several of our corporate events and it is always so fun to watch and hear him play. Book him! You can’t go wrong!”
Reviewer: Jacqui L.
Organization: Louisville, KY.
Event: Corporate Event
Hired As: Pianist
“Piano keys were originally made from ivory, thus the origin of the phrase, “tickle the ivories.” This lasted until the 1950s, when cost and environmental concerns caused piano makers to switch to plastic keys.”
“The piano has earned the moniker “The King of Instruments” primarily for its wide tonal range. The piano can reach the lowest note of the contrabassoon and the highest note of the piccolo. There is no other orchestral instrument that can match its complete tonal range.”
Evolution of the Piano
“Music is the universal language, and pianos enable everyday people to speak this language.”
The Piano, originally called the gravicembalo col pian e forte (“harpsichord with soft and loud”), has been around for almost 300 years. Credited with its invention was Bartolomeo Cristofori, a skilled instrument builder from Italy. The genesis of the piano was to create an instrument that would be sensitive to intensity and sound. The result was what is known as the grand piano meaning the strings run parallel to the floor which is in stark contrast to the upright piano with vertically positioned strings. Improvements to the upright included re engineering it with horizontal strings. More recent developments include the player piano, the digital piano, and the silent piano.
Most musicians prefer classic acoustic pianos because of their rich tones and true authentic musical sound. In the end, no matter what your preference is, you surely benefit from the piano. Music is the universal language, and pianos enable everyday people to speak this language.
He plays very harmonious tunes, and the crowds love him.
He plays very harmonious tunes, and the crowds love him. He is very friendly, and has a great personality. Josh is also a sharp dresser! I would definitely recommend him for any event as I was very happy to be able to use his services. I have been using Josh’s piano services for two years now and he is phenomenal. He volunteers for a fund-raising event that I organize for the Bonita Springs Assistance Office at Bentley Village, Bonita Springs. He is always very punctual and dependable.
Maytee G. CNLBank
Great repertoire! Great Style!
When we were taking the company band, (High Risk), to a full 12 piece for the Las Vegas Paris Ballroom following our IPO, Josh led the really critical musical direction and arrangements. Josh is one hell of a talent and professional in the music / piano world. We couldn’t have done the big shows at that level without him. He also played our cocktail hour for over 2000 attendees. Great repertoire! Great style!
Bob C. Heartland Payment Systems