The Estonian Academy of Music and Olympic Casino presented the valuable Bösendorf piano

Posted on 01.10.2004

On September 30, the Estonian Academy of Music together with the Austrian Embassy and Olympic Casino presented the recently acquired Bösendorf concert grand in the Chamber Hall of the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn.
According to professor Peep Lassman, the rector of the Estonian Academy of Music, money was being collected already two years ago with Olympic Casino through charity events to buy the Bösendorf concert grand. In two years, Olympic Casino has collected 300 000 kroons on its part which makes up one third of the valuable concert grand's price. „It is a fact that without Olympic Casino's strong support, we would not be able to hear this marvelous musical instrument in Estonia today,“ said Peep Lassmann who also played the first pieces on the Bösendorf grand.

Christian Höferl, the representative of the Bösendorf piano factory, handed the grand symbolically over and said that their company feels privileged to give their contribution to providing musical education in Estonia and felt satisfaction over the fact that the Bösendorf concert grand stands in the Academy's Chamber Hall together with other celebrities, the Steinway and the Estonia concert grands.

According to Olympic Casino's marketing director Marje Braunbrück, the first event to support the purchase of the concert grand was a charity musical auction with three original Estonian pieces of music: „Vaid see on armastus“, music by Olav Ehala, lyrics by Enn Vetemaa; „Ma ei maga, ma ei söö“, music and lyrics by Siiri Sisask and „Kellade juubeldamine“ by Rein Rannap. „Most of the sum we have collected through the non-profit organization Suurte Tegude Fond which we formed to support various educational, sports and cultural projects. Also, a contribution has been made by Olympic Casino's partners and friends who have participated in the charity parties we have organized,“ said Braunbrück.

The concert grands produced in the piano factory founded in Austria in 1828 by Ignaz Bösendorf are known around the world for their high quality. The piano selected to be the Estonian Academy of Music's new concert grand has been made from the fir growing slowly on the suitably moist soil in Val di Fiemme in Italy, giving the instrument its unique sound.

Olympic Casino Group started in 1993 and is currently the largest gambling operator in the Baltics. Today, the chain already includes fifteen casinos in Estonia, four in Lithuania and four in Latvia. Olympic Casino Group AS provides work for over 900 people in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The company's work arrangement is in compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001, the international quality standard. Olympic Casino is also a sponsor of the Estonian Olympic Committee.

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