I’m Daniel Vnukowski (also Wnukowski), the Canadian-born, Polish-bred pianist and touring performer. In 2020, I was supposed to perform all throughout North America and Europe. This included a series of lecture recitals on Holocaust music at over 10 colleges throughout the U.S.
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I’m stuck at the moment, just like many of you are, as all my concerts have been cancelled until November and my summer music festival in Collingwood, of which I am Artistic Director, has been postponed to the summer of 2021. My primary income has always been live touring, lecturing and teaching masterclasses and the fate of these activities looks grim for the rest of the year and possibly well into 2021.
I thought that the best use of my time now would be to record all the wonderful Classical masterworks that are polished and ready to go, and here I could really use your help.
I’ve been wanting to build a home-recording studio for years now. I have always loved recording and have released five critically-acclaimed albums. I’m also currently blessed with an amazing instrument, the Fazioli 308, also known as the longest piano in the world, handcrafted in Italy.
Each Saturday during the month of April, I have been live streaming a series of free virtual performances over Youtube & Facebook, some of which have gone viral and reached over a million people, including 500,000 video views. The project has been endorsed by Fazioli Pianos, Classical FM, IdeaCity and most recently NPR Radio and BBC Music Magazine.
I invite you to join me each Saturday during the month of May for a virtual concert at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern . You can register at Free Registration Link .
The most difficult of job of managing acoustics, positioning the microphones and setting up the audio recording equipment has already been successfully accomplished, thanks to ample help from a brilliant musician and audio engineer, Steven Norsworthy.
However, by upgrading the house into a full-fledged recording studio, I can:
• Produce exciting demo videos in full HD with 2 camera angles.
• Release at least five new albums this year: An All-Bach album; Chopin; Mozart; Beethoven; Schubert.
• Create a membership website to sell high-definition audio tracks for audiophiles.
• Continue the live-streaming project with many more solo performances and specially-invited guests.
A second mirrorless camera, such as the Nikon Z6 body with lenses ($2400), can make the videos much more engaging with the use of a second camera angle. Furthermore, as with all recording sessions, the piano is going to have to get tuned more often that I’m accustomed to. A professional piano tuner charges $175 per session and each CD recording project typically requires a minimum of 2 piano tunings for optimal sound quality ($1750).
Finally, in order to continue live streaming on multiple platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter) I will have to purchase an annual fee at a multi-streaming platform such as Restream ($373). I’m currently on their monthly plan of $49/month.
I’m super-eager to get started with this new recording project, which will continue throughout the year. This rough episode has not staunched my creativity or persistence. In fact, I’m busier than ever, practicing heavily and working throughout the night to continue building the new studio.
I feel very fortunate to have met wonderful, inspiring people throughout my musical journey, including sweet friends and devoted fans who have helped me get through every rough episode in the past. For that, I’m deeply appreciative and thankful to each and every one of you.
Take very good care of yourselves and stay strong as we all weather out the storm!
Thank you for your consideration and for your kind support in this project!
P.S. All donors who donate over $100 will have their names listed on my official website.
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