The Pianos Beloved by the Great Master, Sviatoslav Richter
In his later years as a pianist, Sviatoslav Richter, widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, consistently favored Yamaha pianos. Richter first encountered a Yamaha piano in 1969 in Padua, Italy, the town where Bartolomeo Cristofori invented the original prototype of the piano. At the Menton Music Festival in the south of France, after briefly playing other pianos made available to him, Richter decided on the Yamaha, saying without hesitation, "This one." What captivated Richter at the time was the feel of quality that emanated from the piano, as well as the excellence and detailed technical prowess Yamaha's engineers possessed.
The following year, in 1970, Richter visited Japan for the first time to participate in the Osaka Expo where he made news by choosing to play a Yamaha CF grand piano in all of his performances from the second day on. Subsequently, he began to request Yamaha pianos whenever possible for performances not only in Japan, but also at the Fêtes Musicales en Touraine, which he established, and on his European tours as well.
Richter said this about Yamaha pianos. "In a really good piano, the sensitivity of the heart, the sensitivity of the heart that reacts to the music is good. In other words, when you want to make a sad sound, it has to sound sad, and when you want to make a joyful sound, it has to sound joyful. Yamaha pianos have both, this kind of sensitivity of the heart, and a brilliant sound."