Fazioli piano gifted to the University of Regina's College Avenue Campus campaign

News Release Release Date: January 28, 2014 4:10 p.m.

In a generous contribution to Building Knowledge – The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project, local supporters of the University of Regina, Dr. Roberta McKay and Mr. Elmer Brenner, have gifted a Fazioli concert grand piano to be used in Darke Hall.

“This beautiful world-class piano is a wonderful addition to the Conservatory of Performing Arts,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons. “I would like to thank Dr. McKay and Mr. Brenner for their donation, which says so much about their continuing commitment to the arts in our community, and to our faculty and students who are carrying on the century-old tradition of music education on our campus.”

Founded 35 years ago by pianist and engineer Paolo Fazioli, the Fazioli is considered to be a newcomer in the world of piano making. Each Fazioli takes around 3,000 hours to be made by hand in Italy, which is almost three times as long as it takes to make a Steinway. At the heart of each Fazioli is a soundboard cut from the same trees in Northern Italy that Antonio Stradivari once used to make his famous violins. The hinges and many other parts are plated in 18k gold to prevent corrosion.

Today, the Fazioli piano is widely regarded as the finest piano available in the world and has become the favourite brand of great international pianists such as Angela Hewitt, Louis Lortie, Marc-André Hamelin, and Herbie Hancock. 

Dr. McKay and Mr. Brenner’s commitment to the University of Regina is demonstrated in their roles as members on the Executive Leadership Committee for the College Avenue Campus renewal project. They are advocates in the preservation and restoration of heritage buildings such as Darke Hall, where the Fazioli piano will be placed once renovations are complete.

The Fazioli piano gift in addition to Dr. McKay’s and Mr. Brenner’s previous gift of $250,000 to the College Avenue Campus campaign brings the total funds raised for the project to over $4 million.

The revitalization of College Avenue campus will transform it into a vibrant, accessible centre of learning, strengthening the University of Regina’s connection to the community and further contributing to the education of the next century of learners and leaders. The campus will be known as the University of Regina Leadership and Outreach Centre (LOC).

College Avenue campus is home to the Centre for Continuing Education, Conservatory of Performing Arts, Darke Hall, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and the Lifelong Learning Centre.

Further information about Building Knowledge – The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project can be found at www.uregina.ca/campaign or by calling (306) 585-5703.