World Piano Day has been designed to celebrate this incredible instrument, which has brought many of us joy over the years. No matter whether you play the piano yourself or you have an appreciation for this sort of music, we can all appreciate that listening to a quality pianist is a joy.
Piano Day, an annual worldwide event founded by a group of likeminded people, takes place on the 88th day of the year – because of the number of keys on the instrument being celebrated.
German pianist and composer Nils Frahm initiated World Piano Day in 2015. The idea behind it was to celebrate the piano across the world by holding events, performances, masterclasses, lectures, etc. The piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori of Italy in 1700. It was first called ‘clavicembalo col piano e forte’, which means an instrument that can play soft and loud noises. Eventually, its name was shortened to the piano. The idea to celebrate the day came from German pianist and composer Nils Frahm in 2015. On Piano Day 2018, Christian Henson of Spitfire Audio launched a website and YouTube channel called Pianobook, dedicated to creating and sharing sampled instruments for free.