It was a sunny day last Saturday so we decided to go for a little walk in the beautiful Zürich old town. Wen wants to buy a piano so we stopped at Musik Hug
to take a look at their selection of both electronic and traditional pianos.
Giovanni Allevi performing at MusikHug in Zürich
At the entrance there was a sign - it was in German but I was able to make enough of it to read that popular Italian pianist Giovanni Allevi
would be performing live in Musik Hug just half hour later!
Giovanni Allevi concert
We thought he'd be playing one piece and then giving out autographs, but we decided to stick around and wait for him to show up. This was definitely a good decision!
Just a few minutes late, Allevi arrived. He walked straight to the piano, said just a couple words and started playing. He's definitely a very talented pianist, the best I've ever had the pleasure listening live. I must I'm not familiar with his music - which he apparently composes too - but the music was good. Not easy listening, but even Fei was quite entertained for a long time.
Giovanni behind the glass
There were times when Fei got so excited with the gradually increasing tempo and volume that he was dancing and yelling out loud. Hopefully mr. Allevi was not disturbed by this, at least many people in the audience gave approving smiles at him. Overall the "concert hall", a corner of the music shop, was a challenging environment as there was traffic noise, church bells ringing and of course certain babies cheering up. At least he appeared to be undisturbed and kept playing song after another, with few short words in between.
Fei steals attention from Giovanni
It seems Giovanni Allevi is quite a shy person who is not comfortable speaking to large crowds of people. He made some funny remarks and made the audience laugh by giving some attention to people watching the playing from outside of the store window, but I guess he rather uses piano to communicate.Click here for more photos of Giovanni Allevi
Update: After seeing the photos I took, the Allevi management invited our family to his concert in Zürich. We enjoyed the show, though Fei had a little bit of trouble keeping quiet as he got quite excited from the music. Hopefully we didn't ruin the enjoyment for anyone!