How does a professional pianist choose an instrument?

Pianists, generally speaking, do not take their instruments with them (although Vladimir Horowitz was a notable, determined exception). So how do they go about choosing the right instrument for a recital? We filmed classical star Yundi while he did just that…

Yundi

Yundi is performing a recital of Chopin at London’s Southbank Centre on 19th April – and the Royal Festival Hall has a handful of Steinway pianos for soloists to choose from.

We filmed him as he put them through their paces and quizzed him on what he was looking for in a piano, why he chose one over another and whether he needed a particular type of piano for a recital of Chopin…

Yundi performs at Southampton's Turner Sims Concert Hall on 15th April, and at London's Royal Festival Hall on 19th April