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London College of Music hosts Dexibell VIVO electric piano showcase

London College of Music (LCM) students learned about cutting-edge instrument design and technology at the showcase of an innovative electric piano, recently.

Representatives from the Italian musical instrument manufacturer, Dexibell, put on a display of the new high-tech VIVO piano, at the University’s campus in Ealing. Students and academics had the chance to test claims by the manufacturer that the piano breaks new ground in recreating the authentic experience of a traditional piano, on a digital instrument powered by a computer.

The demonstration by pianist, Ralf Schink, included comparing the VIVO’s sound quality to that of a Steinway piano, from LCM’s collection of the world-leading instrument. There was also a performance by special guest violinist, Valentino Alessandrini, as well as the chance for students to win one of five sets of luxury headphones from Dexibell.

Welcoming the expert piano manufacturer to the College, Director of LCM, Sara Raybould, said: ‘An ongoing collaboration between the College and Dexibell would benefit both organisations, from performance, composition and research perspectives. This was a fabulous event and we look forward to welcoming back the Dexibell VIVO team soon; we have many avenues to pursue.’

Inventor of the VIVO, Luigi Bruti, said: ‘I am extremely honoured to have been invited to present our technology at London College of Music. It was an extremely memorable day and I wish to thank College staff who worked with us to prepare the event; everything was perfect. I believe that a partnership between Dexibell and London College of Music would be mutually beneficial to create a common goal; to develop future musical instruments even more orientated to satisfy the needs of musicians.'

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