TrendsPiano City Milano, music takes the city back

Ilaria Trapuzzano8 years ago7 min


50 hours of no stop music with more than 400 concerts all over the city. For two days, from the 20th to the 22nd of May, music has been the protagonist and first lady of the city of Milan, that opened its squares, museums, parks, stations, houses and yards…to citizens, creating a strong connection between them and the city.

Piano City Milano, a big, free event with piano concerts of all kind and genres, repeated this year the great success that the previous edition had, with 90.000 visitors.


Taking back the city

From the center to the suburbs, from sunset to sunrise, music never stopped. Piano notes accompanied Milan citizens in a long voyage between the past and the future, a tour among historic locations and new spaces. A way to re-discover and take the city back to its original shape, with no daily frenzy.

Milan became a huge concert hall: Micheal Nyman started the event on may the 20th, in front of Villa Reale, with thousands of viewers who occupied Gam’s gardens, exceptionally opened for the occasion. After him, Stefano Bollani and Francesco Grillo in duo, Sasha Pushkin, Ji Liu and many other went on stage


Piano City Milano allowed people gaining access to new places that were recently restored like Base Milano, the creative center created from the ex Ansaldo groud, now converted into a place of experiments and sharing. Here there was Pianonight, one of the two overnight marathon – the other ne was Pianorave, hosted by Santeria Social Club an ex dealership that now became a creative factory – based on romantic and avant-garde compositions with Andrea Rebaudengo, Carlo Balzaretti and Yulianna Avdeeva.

Who endured to the sleeping desire, had the chance to enjoy the sunrise directly from the Highline of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, with a romantic view on the city roofs.

Citizens make the web

The energy of Piano City Milano has been expressed especially through an active participation of the citizens of Milan, that opened their yards to pianos, creating an alternative show schedule, possible thanks to sharing and sociality. But it is not over… music also conquered trams and boats, giving the citizens a new and original listening experience, very uncommon, that reached the virtual boundaries of social networks, invaded by pictures and live streaming with the hashtag #pianomi2016.

Piano City Milano surely changed the way we perceive music, a certain type of music that we often define as elite, by giving it to everyone. But the most important thing is that this event is the proof of the history of a city, an ever-changing city, always more and more opened to changes and to its citizens, the real focus and strength of an unstoppable metropolitan renovation.

Ilaria Trapuzzano

“Il vero viaggio non consiste nel cercare nuove terre, ma nell’avere nuovi occhi” – M. Proust. Nata e cresciuta nel giornalismo televisivo, convertita al digitale per scelta inseguendo la voglia di sperimentare diverse forme di narrazione. Racconto la realtà attraverso una nuova prospettiva professionale e di vita, cercando ispirazione nelle cose universalmente belle: viaggi, cibo e buon vino.

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