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Estonian National Opera raised EUR 34,467 to buy a piano for the children of Sloviansk

03.12.2014 / Ülla Veerg

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In October and November, the National Opera held the charitable campaign “Estonia for Ukraine” whose proceeds will benefit the purchase of a new Estonia concert piano for the students of the Sloviansk School of Fine Arts. A total of EUR 34,467 was raised as ticket proceeds from charity concerts and donations collected in donation boxes and received from sponsors. The entire project costs roughly 35,000 euros.

“Back in spring when the team of the National Opera was discussing how to help Ukraine, the idea that we finally stuck with was to do something for children and music,” says general manager Aivar Mäe. “We will contribute towards culture and hope that a better education will help raise a generation in Ukraine that is wiser, makes the right decisions, and can manage processes better. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated!”

The piano made for Sloviansk is the latest Model 274 Estonia concert grand piano enhanced with several new features: a newly designed soundboard, ribs and hammers.

“The first such concert piano was sold this summer in New York and the feedback has been really good,” says Indrek Laul, chairman of the supervisory board of the piano company Estonia Klaverivabrik that crafted the instrument. “We use premium quality European materials and suppliers, e.g., Renner actions and hammers, Röslau piano strings, and a Strunz soundboard made from the highest-quality resonant spruce. Add to this the craftsmanship of Estonian masters that makes the piano really sing.”

The project was supported by the Ukrainian National Opera, Ukrainian Embassy in Estonia, Ministry of Culture of Estonia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Estonian Embassy in Kiev, Estonian Air, KH Energia Konsult, VKG, Postimees and many other companies and private persons.

The piano embarks on its journey to Sloviansk on 5 December; transport is entrusted to Movemaster OÜ, DSV Transport AS and Eurodean International Mover Ltd.
On 20 January, the presentation concert of the new piano is held at the Sloviansk Music School, to be broadcast by Postimees.

Sloviansk is located in Eastern Ukraine and has a population of about 100,000. The city suffered in battles and is now being rebuilt. The Sloviansk School of Fine Arts was also extensively damaged. After restoration, there will be 600 students studying their choice of specialty – singing, music, ballet, and performing arts. The School has a hall that seats 300 and an Estonia piano from the 1970s, which is now due to be replaced.

Photos: Ülla Veerg

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