6 Mind-Blowing Piano World Records That Will Strike a Chord

May 30
Pianist Evelina De Lain
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From the tiny to the grand, the enduring to the extreme, these piano records from the Guinness Book and beyond will have you rethinking this classic instrument’s versatility and the limits of human creativity and endurance.

1. Most Expensive Piano


The “Crystal Piano” not only plays music but also made auction history. Played by the famed pianist Lang Lang at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, this fully-functional, all-crystal piano was sold for an eye-watering $3.22 million, making it the most expensive piano ever sold.

2. Longest Marathon Playing Piano by an Individual


Pushing the boundaries of human stamina, Romuald Koperski set a breathtaking record by playing the piano for 103 hours and 8 seconds in April 2010. This extraordinary feat took place in Sulecin, Poland, and showcased an almost superhuman level of endurance.

3. Most Pianists Playing Simultaneously


In an unparalleled display of musical unity, Wuqiao, China became the site where 639 pianists came together in 2017. Each artist played their own piano in harmony, setting the record for the most pianists playing simultaneously.

4. Oldest Piano


Stepping back into musical antiquity, the world’s oldest surviving piano dates back to 1720. Crafted by Bartolomeo Cristofori, the inventor of the piano, this ancient and priceless instrument is preserved at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

5. Fastest Piano Key Hitting:


Combining speed and precision, Domingos-Antonio Gomes amazed the world by hitting a piano key 824 times in one minute. Achieved in March 2017, this record is a testament to incredible dexterity and rhythmic precision.

6. Highest Altitude Grand Piano Performance


Elevating classical music to new heights, performed Chopin’s Nocturnes at a breathtaking 5,000m Himalayan mountain pass. This 2018 performance not only set the record for the highest altitude grand piano concert but also challenged the very concept of where music can take us.

Each of these records is not just about pushing the limits of a musical instrument but also celebrating the boundless potential of human creativity and passion. Whether it’s a piano worth $3.22 million or a concert on a mountain peak, these achievements are sure to inspire awe and admiration.

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