Steinway & Sons

RBC Piano Extravaganza

RBC Piano Extravaganza

The TSO’s RBC Piano Extravaganza kicks off with Steinway pianos across several downtown Toronto locations, where free interactive programmes will take place from 11am to 2pm. Each venue will be hosted by a special guest artist. Festival curator, Grammy-award winning pianist Emanuel Ax, will also drop in at each location. Each pianist will perform short works, and encourage members of the public to play on the Steinway piano!

Unveiling with Hans and Susan Brenninkmeyer to thank them for their outstanding support of the TSO as patrons of the TSO’s New York Steinway Concert Grand Piano



RBC Piano Extravaganza Part 1

11:00am – 2:00pm CBC Atrium, 205 Wellington Street West, Barbara Frum Atrium

Metro Morning - Play A Concert Grand Interview with SPGT GM Alex Thompson

Hosted by Stewart Goodyear

11:25am - Emanuel Ax appearance

Earlier today, the CBC Atrium was filled with beautiful music played by Steinway Artists, Emanuel Ax & Stewart Goodyear as part of the RBC Piano Extravaganza. Photos courtesy of the TSO.


RBC Piano Extravaganza Part 2

11:00am – 2:00pm Union Station, 65 Front Street East, Great Hall

This video was shot as the piano arrived at 1am at Union station. This gentleman was the first to play. None of his coworkers knew he played.

Steinway artist Emanuel Ax playing at Union Station as part of Pianos in the City with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra







Hosted by Orion Weiss

11:55 am – Emanuel Ax appearance


RBC Piano Extravaganza Part 3

11:00am – 2:00pm Royal Bank Plaza Upper Concourse, 200 Bay Street(near The Eatery escalators)

Hosted by Pavel Kolesnikov and RBC Affiliate Composer Kevin Lau

12:30 p.m. – Emanuel Ax appearance

Honens winner Pavel Kolesnikov and Steinway Artist Emanuel Ax performing inside the RBC Plaza.


Feburary 4th Performance Schedule

12:30pm – 1:30pm City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen Street West

Hosted by TSO Principal Keyboard Patricia Krueger

1:05pm – Emanuel Ax appearance


11:00am – 2:00pm The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids), 555 University Avenue,

SickKids Atrium, Main floor

Enter from 170 Elizabeth Street and turn left heading towards the Atrium Food Court

Hosted by piano duo Anagnoson & Kinton

Also in attendance will be TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian


1:40pm – Emanuel Ax appearance


The RBC Piano Extravaganza Team! 

RBC Piano Extravaganza Team

Mervon Mehta - Executive Director, Performing Arts - Royal Conservatory of Music, James Agnagnason - Dean The Glenn Gould School RCM, Orion Weiss - Steinway Artist, Kevin. Lau- RBC Artist in Residence, Emanuel Ax - Steinway Artist (Front Left 2nd), Pavel Kolesnikov - Pianist, Jeff Melanson - President and C.E.O. Toronto Symphony, Loie Fallis - Vice-President Artistic Planning Toronto Symphony, Earl Lee - RBC Resident Conductor, Alex Thomson - GM Steinway Toronto (Front Right 3rd), Peter Oundjian - Music Director TSO (Rear Right), Barry Shiffman - Director of The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists & RCM Glenn Gould School Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music (Front Right 2nd), Vijay Parmar - President, RBC PH&N Investment Counsel (Front Right).



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