Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Are Pianos A Threat to National Security?

Not if you ask piano tuner Benjamin Treuhaft. He's been traveling to Cuba to tune and rescue pianos for the past 10 years. He is also the founder of "Send a Piano to Havana". A recent news blurb on his work appears here and here.

Here's a link to his foundation.

He wanted to bring attention to an aspect of Cuban life that we don't consider: the countless young pianists, many of them incredibly well-trained, often by Russian masters, playing on pathetic antique American pianos with strings long since rusted through, or bad Russian pianos half-eaten by termites. As few new pianos are imported to Cuba, and replacement parts are unavailable, Cuba's musical community suffers.

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