Columbus, GA — September 9, 2014 — Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music has acquired a new Yamaha DCFX concert grand piano—one of the finest instruments in the world—enabling the school’s students and faculty to take part in remote lessons, performances, and master classes with musicians from around the country and globe.
The acquisition of this magnificent instrument was made possible through a generous gift from a longtime supporter of the school, Gail B. Greenblatt. It will make its inaugural debut at a free concert and demonstration at 7:30pm on Sept. 9 in Legacy Hall, located in the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts on CSU’s RiverPark campus.
During the event, acclaimed pianist Alexander Kobrin will join with select students to showcase the piano’s remarkable performance and educational capabilities. Known for its rich palette of tonal colors and unprecedented tonal projection, the new DCFX is also imbued with powerful Disklavier technology that make it possible for a pianist to perform live in one location, while their exact keystrokes and pedal movements are transmitted in real time to any other Yamaha Disklavier located anywhere else in the world, along with synchronized video.
Kobrin, the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at CSU, described the new DCFX concert grand piano as a game changer in music education.
“In addition to adding a truly wonderful concert grand to the renowned collection of instruments at the Schwob School of Music, we have been given a golden opportunity to connect with major conservatories and master performers from around the world, to exchange experience and knowledge through remote lessons without our students having to go on expensive trips or professional pianists having to travel to Columbus,” said Kobrin. “This remarkable technology opens up a whole new world for our students, with priceless opportunities and educational advantages not previously possible.”
Schwob Music School Director Scott Harris said the new DCFX will enable students to connect more with music and the music community, both nationally and internationally.
“There are amazing things happening at the Schwob School of Music which we want to share with the world, and at the same time we want our students to access resources from anywhere and everywhere to support their work as performers, teachers, and scholars,” Harris said. “This beautiful instrument allows musicians to work with a most sophisticated technology in a simple, intuitive, musical way, and it extends Schwob’s reach for students, faculty, and the community. It facilitates our goals of bringing Schwob to the world and the world to Schwob.”
Schwob School of Music has now joined an elite, connected network of educational institutions, piano faculty and students sharing long distance lessons, master classes, and concert broadcasts, as well as a unique library of recorded content that is all part of the Yamaha Disklavier Education Network.
Schwob and other schools can now also tap into the Disklavier College Audition program, through which Yamaha, in partnership with community music schools, colleges, and dealers, offers college-bound pianists the opportunity to record video-synchronized auditions on Disklavier PRO pianos that are shared with college admissions and scholarship committees over the Internet.