M-Piano for Expo

On April 30th, in the picturesque scenery of Piazza Duomo in Milan, Andrea Bocelli opened Expo 2015 playing the M-Piano 2/3, a Stainway & Sons grand piano customized in statuary Carrara marble, produced in limited edition by GVM La Civiltà del Marmo and designed by Gualtiero Vanelli, also known as the “Marble Man”. Bocelli’s choice to play also intrigued a pianist of world fame, Lang Lang, who was also present at the event and who could not resist the temptation to play the original instrument.

Bocelli participated in the Expo as the Ambassador Extraordinary also on behalf of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. The tenor has always supported the candidacy of Milan and his concert accompanied by the Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan was broadcast on live worldwide telecast. During the concert, images of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation were broadcast. The Foundation was passionately established by Bocelli and amongst the participants at Expo Milano 2015 belonging to the Civil Society to bring to public attention the names of Italian and international excellence in the fields of scientific and technological research and economic development.

The collaboration between Andrea Bocelli and Gualtiero Vanelli will perform together in concert on the 1st and 4th of August at the beautiful Teatro del Silenzio (Theater of Silence) in Lajatico, birthplace of the tenor, where each year he reunites fellow singers, artists and musicians from all over the world to celebrate art and music together.

Famous classical artists and opera singers took turns coming on stage, such as the great pianist Lang Lang, the soprano Diana Damrau, the tenor Francesco Meli, baritone Simone Piazzola, and the soprano Maria Luigia Borsi. The finale was a surprise, with Bocelli playing the song “La forza del sorriso” (“The strength of a smile”, written by Bocelli and composed by Andrea Morricone) on the marble grand piano M-Piano 2/3 to celebrate the opening of the Universal Exposition. The design of the instrument has worked for the technical-instrumental also the musician and composer David Bryan co-founder of BonJovi, winning several Tony Awards, including one for best musical Memphis, now on stage in London, and which Gualtiero Vanelli he is co-producer.