[NEWS] Self-playing piano brings top pianists to NZ - for a price - NZ Herald

Jason Bae with a Steinway Spirio Piano which uses an iPad app to play like no piano you've ever heard - or seen - before. Photo / Doug Sherring

Jason Bae with a Steinway Spirio Piano which uses an iPad app to play like no piano you've ever heard - or seen - before. Photo / Doug Sherring

By: Dionne Christian
Arts & Books Editor, NZ Herald

At first glance, it looks like an ordinary Steinway piano — if you can use the word ordinary to describe a hand-crafted instrument, with some 12,000 individual parts, produced by a company with 160 years of heritage behind it.

Oh, and a starting price tag of $225,000.

But the Steinway Spirio has a surprising — possibly spooky — feature which could shock those who have previously seen pianos where the keys move by themselves and the music booms only at the movies.

It's the world's first self-playing piano and now it's launching in New Zealand. The Spirio
comes loaded with pre-recorded performances, played by some of the world's finest musicians.

Keys move with the music and the sound is so rich it's impossible to differentiate the system from the pianist's original playing and is guaranteed to raise the pulse rates and send a shiver down the spine of piano music fans everywhere.

Piano specialist John Eady, from Auckland music store Lewis Eady, says it works by using an iPad app (an iPad is included in the price) which is programmed with classical, jazz and popular music recordings.

Select which track you want — and there are performances from more than 1700 Steinway artists — sit back and enjoy. Eady says the blending of art and technology is the most significant development in 70 years and, despite the price tag, there is good interest in the Spirio.

He's already sold three — a smaller model is $225,000; the larger $275,000 — including two to a rich-lister who wishes to remain anonymous. He bought one for his Auckland home and another for a property in Hawke's Bay.

Eady says no matter what audio system you have at home, you'll never be able to get the same sound quality using speakers and acoustics as you get from the piano itself.

"You could spend more on a sound system than one of these pianos and still not get the same quality."

Best of all, when you want to tickle the ivories, it becomes a "regular" Steinway.

"It's actually creating more work for pianists," says Eady, "because some are buying a Spirio, listening to a performance and then deciding to invite the pianist to play for them and their friends."

Multi award-winning New Zealand pianist Jason Bae, based in South Korea, is one of those who have recorded performances for the Spirio system including Rachmaninov's Moment Musicaux No.4 Op.16 at the Steinway Piano Gallery in New York.

Bae admits when he first heard about it, he was sceptical but has become a devotee.

He now describes it as a joy to play, saying no machine-manufactured instrument produces the same sound as one that's handmade.

He's looking forward to the next innovation - a piano where the pianist can record themselves and play it back.

A pianist from a young age, Bae was the youngest concerto soloist when, aged 13, he performed with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for the SkyCity Starlight Symphony Concert in the Park; at 20, he became the first NZ Young Steinway Artist and a fully-fledged Steinway Artist in 2016.

He's returned home to play — and not play — at the Steinway Spirio launch in Auckland before a New Zealand tour which will take him to Wellington, Christchurch, Cromwell and The Hills in Queenstown.

No, the Spirio isn't going with him but he'll perform on other Steinway pianos before returning to Auckland later this month for a performance at Lewis Eady Music.

[INTERVIEW] Brilliant young pianist Jason Bae returns - Radio New Zealand Concert

From Upbeat, 1:40 pm on 20 March 2018

New Zealand’s only Steinway artist Jason Bae returns from his studies at the Royal Academy to give a recital tour of the country. Jason was the youngest ever concerto soloist with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra at the Starlight Symphony in the Park. The brilliant young pianist has finished his Master of Music at London's Royal Academy and is noted as one to watch.

[NEWS] Jason records for the new Steinway 'Spirio' Piano in NYC.

New Zealand pianist, Jason Bae has been chosen to record for the new Steinway 'Spirio' Piano in Steinway Piano Gallery, New York City.

The 'Spirio' will be having its big launch in New Zealand next April 2018 at Lewis Eady Showroom in Auckland. 

Jason has recorded three tracks; Puccini/Mikhashoff - Portrait on 'Madame Butterfly', Britten/Stevenson - Peter Grimes Fantasy and Rachmaninov Moment Musicaux No.4 Op.16. 

Jason with two technicians; Lauren and Melody

Jason with two technicians; Lauren and Melody

Jason and producer, Jon Feidner.

Jason and producer, Jon Feidner.

[MEDIA] Nghệ Sĩ Piano quốc tế Jason Bae lần đầu trình diễn tại Việt Nam

27/09/2017 - Hoàng Trần; the gioi van hoa - Vietnam

Lần đầu tiên trình diễn tại Việt Nam, Jason Bae sẽ mang đến cho khán giả của “Soul Live Project” những tuyệt phẩm Piano của những nhà soạn nhạc cổ điển huyền thoại.

Nghệ sĩ Piano người New Zealand, nghệ sĩ Steinway Jason Bae sinh năm 1991 tại Hàn Quốc. Bắt đầu học nhạc khi mới 5 tuổi,  năm 12 tuổi anh đã có  buổi biểu diễn ra mắt với Dàn nhạc giao hưởng Auckland. Một năm sau đó, anhtrở thành nghệ sĩ solo concerto trẻ nhất được trình diễn với Dàn nhạc Auckland Philharmonia trước 200.000 người. Khi vừa mới 26 tuổi, anh đã là thạc sĩ chuyên ngành Piano.

[Photo: Aiga Ozo] Chân dung nghệ sĩ Piano Jason Bae

[Photo: Aiga Ozo] Chân dung nghệ sĩ Piano Jason Bae

Khi được hỏi đâu là những điều quan trọng nhất tạo nên người nghệ sĩ triển vọng, anh khẳng định: “Tôi luôn phải nhớ rằng tôi đang tạo nên âm nhạc chỉ để chia sẻ với khán giả. Trình diễn không bao giờ là phô trương tài năng của mình mà là truyền cảm hứng đến khán giả để họ trân trọng vẻ đẹp của nhạc cổ điển. Tôi luôn hướng đến mục tiêu là làm cho khán giả nhận ra đây là một trải nghiệm quý báu có thể thay đổi cuộc sống”

Photo: Kelley Eady Loveridge

Photo: Kelley Eady Loveridge

Lần đầu tiên trình diễn tại Việt Nam, Jason Bae sẽ mang đến cho khán giả của Soul Live Project những tuyệt phẩm Piano của những nhà soạn nhạc cổ điển huyền thoại như Fréderic Chopin, Maurice Ravel và Sergei Rachmaninoff. Những buổi biểu diễn của Jason Baetừng thu hút hàng triệu khán giả mến mộ tại những nhà hát hàng đầu thế giới như Carnegie Hall (New York, Mỹ), Steinway Hall (London) và Steinway Piano Gallery (Helsinki).

[Photo: Aiga Ozo] Dù còn rất trẻ nhưng anh củng đã kịp sưu tầm cho mình khá nhiều giải thưởng

[Photo: Aiga Ozo] Dù còn rất trẻ nhưng anh củng đã kịp sưu tầm cho mình khá nhiều giải thưởng

Jason Bae đã gặt hái nhiều giải thưởng danh giá như: giải Nhất cuộc thi Piano quốc tế Bradshaw & Buono năm 2008 tại New York, Nghệ sĩ Trình diễn trẻ của năm tại New Zealand năm 2008, giải Nhì cuộc thi Piano tại Brisbane, Úc năm 2009; giải Nhất cuộc thi Concerto tại đại học Auckland năm 2010…. Jason Baelà người New Zealand đầu tiên trở thành Nghệ sĩ trẻ Steinway vào năm 2012, và sau 4 năm, anh đã trở thành Nghệ sĩ Steinway. Anh còn được công nhận là nghệ sĩ của “Talent Unlimited” tại Anh từ năm 2014.

Jason will be making his debut recital in Helsinki, Suomi/Finland.


Photo: Aiga Ozo

Photo: Aiga Ozo

New Zealand pianist, Jason Bae was born in Daejeon, South Korea in 1991 where he began studying piano at the age of five. At the age of twelve, he made his concerto debut with Auckland Symphony Orchestra and a year later, he became the youngest concerto soloist to perform with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Since then, Jason has performed as a concerto soloist with New Zealand National Youth Symphony, Queensland Symphony Orchestra of Australia, Auckland Youth Symphony, Christchurch Symphony as well as giving recitals throughout in U.K, U.S.A, Finland, France, Indonesia, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Jason was awarded 1st Prize in the 2008 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York, which led to a performance at the Carnegie Hall in Weill Recital Hall. In the same year, he won the New Zealand Young Performer of the Year. In 2009, he won 2nd prize at the Lev Vlassenko International Piano Competition in Brisbane, Australia. In 2013, he was the Grand 1st Prize Winner of the New Zealand Inaugural Wallace National Piano Competition. 

In the 2016-17 season, Jason will be giving a debut recital at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, King’s Place Hall in London, Steinway Hall in London, Steinway Piano Gallery in Helsinki, St. Mary Magdalene Church in London, Korean Cultural Centre in U.K, The Quarry Theatre in St. Luke's in Bedford, Univeristy of Auckland, Univeristy of North Florida in U.S.A and Cosmos Hall in Seoul. 

Parallel to his concerts as a pianist, Jason will be making his conducting debut with Kuopio Symphony Orchestra in Finland, Vaasa City Orchestra in Finland, South Denmark Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Sinfonietta, GOODEN.SEMBLE in London for the 2016 Bloomsbury Festival and University of North Florida Symphony Orchestra in U.S.A.

After receiving his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at University of Auckland with Dr. Rae de Lisle, Jason received his Master of Arts in piano performance with the highest distinction award, ‘DipRAM’ at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the tutelage of Christopher Elton and Joanna MacGregor in 2015. Jason has also studied at the Aspen Music Festival and School with Ann Schein and John O'Conor from 2007 to 2013. Jason currently studies orchestral conducting with Jorma Panula in Finland.

Jason is the first New Zealander to become the Young Steinway Artist since 2012 and last year he became ‘Steinway Artist’. Jason has been appointed as the youngest School of Music Visiting Fellow at University of Auckland at age 24. Jason’s debut CD 'Marylebone' with Austrian Gramophone was released in 2015.

Concert in the Steinway Piano Gallery Helsinki will be held on June 21st 6:00 pm.


In concert Jason will be performing:

Carl Vine  - Piano Sonata No.1

Maurice Ravel -  Miroirs


Steinway Artisti Jason Bae konsertoi Steinway Piano Galleryssa 21.06. 18:00.