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News and Events at Gist Piano Center

For Immediate Release

May 12, 2012

Contact: Heather Hamilton, Director of Education
Telephone: (859) 254-8492 x400
Cell Phone: (309) 230-1408


LEXINGTON, Ky., May 12 – The artist of the future meets the piano of the future. That’s what audiences across the country and around the World are experiencing this Spring as the Russian-born virtuoso Yana Reznik performs the music of Rachmaninoff and other favorites on the revolutionary new Roland V-Piano® Grand.

On Thursday, May 17, Gist Piano Center will welcome Yana Reznik to their newly-completed recital hall at Harrodsburg Rd and Man ‘o War in Lexington. The program will begin at 7:30pm and music lovers of all ages are welcome to attend. Admission will be FREE and audience members will be invited to meet Ms. Reznik and have their picture taken with her after the program. More information is available at

Yana’s Lexington appearance coincides with Gist Piano Center’s Grand ReOpening of their newly-remodeled and expanded Lexington facility. Now over 5000 square feet in size, the Lexington Gist Piano Center features a full print music department, piano accessories, a 5-studio lessons facility, a state-of-the-art digital piano lab and a brand new, 70-seat recital hall.

“Our Lexington business has been on a steady and dramatic incline,” said John Gist. “We needed more room to accommodate the growing needs of this community. Our new Lexington store will be a center for education as well as a recital venue and a cutting-edge retail space. We look forward to bringing more events like this to families in the Lexington area.”

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Yana Reznik merges timeless classical repertoire with modern digital technology in a way that ignites her audiences and builds passion for traditional music amongst today’s technology-savvy students. Her World tour represents a new approach to musical tradition that rivals the invention of the piano itself in the early 18th century and Franz Liszt’s creation of the solo piano recital in the mid-19th century.

“With the first note played on the V-Piano® Grand,” says Reznik, “I get transformed into the world of music-making. The flawless touch, rich and beautiful sound, and the range of dynamics allow me to express my soul through this incredible piano of the future.”

Ms. Reznik’s appearances on this year’s tour feature a two-day residency that includes a solo recital and master class, as well as an opportunity for students, teachers and retail staff to learn more about the superior capabilities of the Roland V-Piano® Grand. The training sessions focus on performance and teaching with the V-Piano® Grand at authorized Roland Retail Locations. Attendees are treated to hands-on instruction from Ms. Reznik, illustrating the concept and technology of the V-Piano® Grand. Yana personalizes her teaching demonstrations with the passion of a classically-trained, professional musician and guides participants through the subtle differences between Vintage and Vanguard sounds, the nuances of the V-Piano® Grand Editor program on MAC, and much more. Students are also invited to show their skill by performing classical pieces during Yana’s master class sessions.

The highlight of Ms. Reznik’s appearances is an intimate concert with Yana, who, as an international ambassador of classical music, believes that the key to reaching broader audiences is to create programs that are both inspiring and captivating. A throwback to the fiery Russion virtuosos of yesteryear in her dramatic performances, Ms. Reznik is blazing a path for the soloists of tomorrow, leading classical music into a new and glorious future with the Roland V-Piano® Grand.

Click here for a video clip of Yana Reznik performing on the new Roland V-Piano® Grand.

The Roland V-Piano® Grand represents the largest leap in digital musical technology since Roland invented the digital piano in 1974. 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. In short, the piano can emulate any size piano of any brand from any era. You have to hear it to believe it.

Taking the music industry by storm, the V-Piano® Grand is already the instrument of choice for such famous names as David Benoit, Brian Culbertson, Yana Reznik, Harry Connick Jr. and Lady Gaga.

Gist Piano Center is Kentucky’s only local, family-owned, full-service piano house and one of only 62 authorized Steinway & Sons dealerships in North America. Now celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary, Gist Piano Center has a history of serving iconic organizations such as the Kentucky Center, the Singletary Center and the Lexington Philharmonic. Gist Piano Center’s in-house artisans provide complete tuning, repair, refinish, and rebuilding service to clients all over Kentucky and Southern Indiana, including such famous names as Billy Joel, Dave Brubeck, and Harry Connick Jr. Gist Piano Center is also one of a very select group of music dealers around the World to house a Roland Foresta – a cutting-edge digital piano showroom designed to build surprise and amazement in the next generation of music-makers. For more information, visit

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