08/22/2019 | News release | Archived content
Adding to an already considerable collection of Yamaha keyboard instruments, including a full piano lab with nine brand new Clavinova pianos, the School of Music chose the CFX after a diverse cross-section of musicians at the School gave rave reviews to a model on loan to the School for a competition.
Dr. Tony Cunha, dean of the Campbellsville University School of Music, traveled to Yamaha Corporation of America headquarters in Buena Park, Calif. with professor of music Dr. Wesley Roberts to select the piano that would occupy pride of place in Gheens Recital Hall. While there had already been talk at the School for some time about the possibility of acquiring a CFX, Dean Cunha began making solid plans to do so following last year's Kentucky Music Teachers Association (KMTA) Annual Piano Competition.
'We already enjoyed a very good relationship with Yamaha, so we suggested to them that we forge a partnership to provide pianos for the KMTA event,' Cunha said. 'They agreed right away, and our dealer in Lexington, Willis Music, was able to get us three pianos for the competition, one of which was the CFX. That one we held on to for about a month at the School after the event was over so we all could get some hands-on experience with it.'
Students, faculty, guests and accompanists alike put the piano through its paces over the course of that month, and they all praised the CFX on a variety of fronts.
'We fell in love with it,' Cunha recalled. 'Each person who came to me to tell me what a great piano it was cited a different aspect that impressed them - the lower register, the upper register, the action, the effects, the consistency of sound across registers - and each aspect was given a glowing review. When you hear the kind of unanimous and comprehensive feedback I heard about the CFX from such a broad array of pianists, you take notice.'
The Yamaha CFX concert grand piano, the flagship model of the company's CF line, possesses a wide palette of tonal colors and the most expressive and subtle nuances which allow it to project over the sound of a symphony orchestra. This skillfully handcrafted instrument represents the culmination of numerous refinements in performance and appearance designed to achieve the highest standards of excellence.
Campbellsville University is the first college in Kentucky to take on a CFX concert grand piano as an integral part of their instrument collection. The School of Music will be keeping the CFX in their Gheens Recital Hall. It will be their 'go-to' piano, according to Cunha, for use in master classes, concerts, recitals by students and faculty, guest-artist performances; every performance in Gheens Recital Hall will be on the CFX.
Campbellsville has already booked Yamaha Artist Lara Downes for such a performance on September 26.