Classical virtuoso loses ‘best friend’ as movers drop $200,000 piano

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image captionAngela Hewitt is mourning the loss of her grand piano, like the one pictured above

A piano virtuoso is mourning the loss of her "best friend" after movers dropped her grand piano.

Canadian Angela Hewitt is acclaimed as one of the world's leading classical pianists.

All of her European recordings since 2003 were performed on her Fazioli F278 concert grand piano, which was the only one in the world to have four pedals.

She says two weeks ago movers came into her recording studio to tell her they had "dropped" it.

The piano was kept at her home in Italy, and estimates it is worth over $200,000 (£155,000).

Her use of the piano is noted on the Fazioli website.

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image captionAngela Hewitt is a renowned classical pianist

"The iron frame is broken, as well as much else in the structure and action (not to mention the lid and other parts of the case)," she wrote on Facebook. "It's kaput."

She says she is now dealing with her insurance, and hopes to travel to Sacile, Italy, where Faziolis are made to pick a new one in the next few months.

"I adored this piano. It was my best friend, best companion. I loved how it felt when I was recording - giving me the possibility to do anything I wanted," she wrote.

"Now it is no longer."

She declined an interview with the BBC while "the insurance saga is in progress".

This is not the first piano-moving disaster. In 2007, a concert grand piano worth £45,000 fell out of a lorry.

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