At the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, honorary ambassador Bai Lin supervised the Austrian Pavilion. She opened a piano competition for all music schools in China, and nine of the most prominent music schools participated with 18 of their most talented students between the ages of 14 and 18. The students were given the opportunity to prove their talent in front of a renowned jury and the international audience of the Expo.
In order to promote cultural exchange between China and Austria, the Chinese students played compositions by Austrian music academy students on the newly-invented grand piano with the 4th pedal, the „pédal harmonique“.
The idea for the 4th pedal is Denis de la Rochefordière's and was developed as a serial product in 2010 by our team.
The „pédal harmonique“ keeps the upper notes sounding in order to achieve a whole new tonal experience. It is therefore an unprecedented innovation for acoustic pianos, which has yet to find its match.
The competition was a huge success and Austria paid honor to its reputation as the land of music by actively supporting the staff of the Piano Gallery.
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