An Evening with David Benoit, Brian Culbertson, Yana Reznik,
and Special Guests
Roland Corporation U.S., a world leader in electronic musical instruments, will join Hollywood Piano Company in hosting the V-Piano® Grand World Premiere, a gala event to be held on Wednesday, March 23rd, at Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School at 7:30pm. This event will be the first time the Los Angeles arts community will be introduced to V-Piano Grand, a stunning new instrument from Roland. All proceeds from this concert will be donated to support music education programs through both the GRAMMY Foundation® and the GRAMMY Museum® Foundation, Inc.
With the introduction of the V-Piano Grand, Roland continues to build upon its legacy of combining state-of-the art digital technology with the organic expressivity of acoustic instruments. Housed in a polished ebony cabinet, the V-Piano Grand provides the unparalleled touch and response of a grand piano, but gives the pianist complete customization of the instrument in a way never before possible. Pianists can change the material the soundboard is made of, the length of the strings, the hardness of the hammers, or the tuning of individual strings, just to name a few. The result is a world-class “stringless” grand piano that responds to each pianist’s individual playing style and character. You have to hear it to believe it.
This intimate event will be hosted by members of Roland’s international executive and design teams, Hollywood Piano Company, and three award-winning pianists: David Benoit, Brian Culbertson, and Yana Reznik. LA’s classical and jazz aficionados will enjoy a vibrant program filled with masterful piano performances and a captivating ambience designed specifically to suit the acoustical elegance of Roland’s new world-class grand piano.
Featured artists at the V-Piano Grand World Premiere include:
Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist has included over 25 solo recordings. His ‘80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY®-nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics. Among his other Grammy nominations are those for Best Instrumental Composition (for “Dad’s Room,” from 1999’s Professional Dreamer) and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance (for the GRP All-Star Big Band). His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects (including Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidifies Benoit’s role as his musical heir. On October 29, 2010, David was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at The American Smooth Jazz Awards in Michigan City, Indiana.
Chart-topping keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson has been perfecting his craft since the tender age of eight. After graduating from high school, Culbertson headed to Chicago to begin studies in the music program at DePaul University. On campus, he began to run into high-level musicians and started playing in a band. A family friend helped Culbertson get a deal with Mesa/Blue Moon in 1994. In the bedroom of the apartment he shared with three college buddies, Culbertson single-handedly recorded his debut album, Long Night Out. The album spent ten consecutive weeks in the top five of the adult contemporary charts. Since then the prolific smooth jazz and R&B sensation has recorded twelve critically acclaimed albums. “That’s Life,” the latest single from Culbertson’s twelfth album (aptly dubbed XII on GRP Records), sailed to the top spot on both the Billboard and R&R charts and marks Culbertson’s twelfth No. 1 hit. Brian’s other timeless chart-toppers include “So Good,” “Get It On,” “All About You” and “Always Remember.” Brian has regularly appears live on many national and international radio stations including KTWV in Los Angeles.
A versatile concert pianist with a modern view on classical music presentation, Yana Reznik is an ambassador for the arts and avid humanitarian. A winner of the Artists International Competition, Ms. Reznik played to a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall in 2004. In addition to solo appearances with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, University of Southern California Symphony Orchestra and the Stanford Wind Ensemble, she has performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and LA’s famous Zipper Hall. In 2008, as a Founder and Artistic Director of the Southern California Brahms Festival, Ms. Reznik performed the complete piano chamber works of Johannes Brahms to rave reviews.
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With nearly 40 of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit http://www.RolandUS.com.