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Saturday 7th February 2015 at 4.00 pm

An Historic Occasion: For the first time in the 64-year history of the South Bank Concert Halls, the Pianola and the Duo-Art will take pride of place in a full concert at the Royal Festival Hall. Concert admission is free of charge, and all the artists are donating their services. As you might imagine, such an unusual event is not easy to bring about, and we are very grateful to many individuals for their kindness and their trust, not least the world-renowned cellist, Johannes Moser, and the officers of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which is promoting the concert as part of its "Rachmaninoff Inside Out" series. For a fuller explanation of this exceptional concert and the music that is to be played, please visit our Current News page.

The Pianola Institute was launched in 1985 to breathe new life into player pianos around the world, and to lure them back into the mainstream of music by means of recordings, exhibitions, publications and archive and study facilities.

The Aims of the Pianola Institute:
A small number of pianola owners and musicians have been concerned for some time at the unnatural break between the world of music rolls and the world of music.  Few members of the musical public know much about player pianos, and the Institute aims to bring about a better understanding and appreciation of the instrument in a number of ways.

The Institute publishes an annual Journal, and presents regular concerts. Occasional CD recordings are produced.

The Pianola Institute will endeavour to preserve, research and document the pianola's history, to improve the instrument's present standing, and, by the commissioning of new compositions, to ensure that it remains an important musical force for the future.

On this website you will find information about the history and development of the pianola, and also about the Pianola Institute itself. Take the time to browse - we have many mp3 audio files, several instruction booklets on playing different types of pianolas, published as pdf files, and a wealth of fascinating facts and pertinent pictures, all available free of charge. If you would like to subscribe to the Pianola Journal, look on our Pianola Journal or Friends of the Institute pages. If you would like more information, you can email us at: info@pianola.org

Site last updated: January 2015