Right hands, wrong piano: a game changer for small-handed pianists
That leaves a lot of women and smaller-handed men struggling to play.
Now maybe for an after school piano lesson at the rec centre, this doesn't really matter. But when it gets to the big leagues, how pianos are designed is a big deal — it makes and breaks careers, and it's a debate that's happening in the world of classical piano right now.
With the help of one Canadian, everything could change: he thought of a piano that could level the playing field for small-handed pianists around the world — and thanks to the hard work of one American, that's a step closer to reality.
So why have you never heard of it?
By Andrea Bellemare
Travelling for a story is important but it's also time-consuming and expensive. I had already flown across the country from Toronto to Victoria to interview Christopher Donison (the other half of the DS Standard) and Linda Gould (a pianist who had to stop playing due to injuries). Another trip might be out of the budget, which I had already exceeded. But, it just had to happen. Continue reading →
About the producer
Before joining CBC KW, she worked online with the CBC Trending team, where she produced the award-winning Human Library interactive national video chat, and in TV at CBC News Network as a chase producer, writer, story editor and control room producer. Andrea has also reported for the wire service Agence France-Presse.