An Aston Martin Roar
The piano evenings in George´s beautiful new Manor House in Farmingdale, New Jersey have become an attraction.
Up to one hundred guests gather with George and his family, listening together to the enrapturing music performed by professionals like concert pianists Alan Wasserman, Brenna Berman, and independent folk/rock artist Scott Krokoff on a Bosendorfer 290 Imperial.
“That’s why it is here; it´s not art for the sake of art. This piano has a function, and the function is to make the most beautiful music possible. I am happy to be able to share this wonderful experience with others. Everyone who has played it, without exception, has been incredibly impressed by it”.
Music has always been part of George Dierna´s life.
George Dierna is a successful pediatric dentist, currently owning two practices. Part of his education was devoted to music: “I began studying the saxophone when I was eight years old. Throughout and after college I played in a folk/rock band that was together for more than eleven years and headlined at some of New York’s most famous venues. My first encounter with the Bosendorfer name took place at college when I was a teaching assistant in a course devoted to MIDI. I was using the Yamaha SY99 synthesizer, the same one as artists such as Chick Corea were playing at the time. The Yamaha had a Bosendorfer preset that closely captured the sonic quality of the instrument. It was the one piano sound that I always went to.”
Another passion that brought George to Bosendorfer was his love for Jazz: “The people that I listened to: McCoy Tyner, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson - what do they all have in common? They all play this piano. Who am I to argue with greatness? They truly know ‘what´s going on.’”
Going his way
The Imperial wasn´t George´s first choice when he decided to buy a grand piano at Cunningham Piano Company in Philadelphia three years ago. “I never thought I could afford it. My first choice was a model 225 that came to that shop with slight cosmetic damage. Before I could make the trip to Philadelphia to see the piano it had already been sold to another customer. I had a similar experience with my next selection: a Bösendorfer 214 CS that Tori Amos had played in a Philadelphia concert and had signed. I put down a deposit to hold it until my new home was completed. Shortly thereafter I was called by the shop: a Tori Amos fan wanted to have it and was ready to pay a collector´s price. I ‘gave in’ and decided on another 225. You’re not going to believe this, but a pianist I am very friendly with urged the shop to sell that very piano to him once he played it – he had no idea it was the piano I had purchased.
Finally I found myself with a model 290 Imperial after all these ‘set backs’. Never in a million years would I have dreamed that I would one day own this piano. But now, after owning it for almost three years, I will tell you there is no other piano I would rather play.”
"There is no other piano I would rather play"
George is addicted to the pure, beautiful and warm sound of his Imperial. “Even at high volumes it can still retain the purity of the tone - the fundamental is very strong. Some of the beauty of having the extra notes is the extra width of the piano that comes along with them. You get more overtones, more resonance out of this piano. The extra soundboard area definitely has an impact. The 290 has everything you want, plus a little bit more that makes it that much better.”
The piano evenings in George Manor´s House have become an attraction.
"I am in love with this piano"
Admitting that his second passion is for fine sports cars George looks at his Bosendorfer Imperial and says: “For me, this piano is like an Aston Martin - for many different reasons. The Aston Martin is a very classy, beautiful car. You can drive it comfortably around town. It is very elegant…but if you lay into it, it can roar - it can tear your head off. That´s what this piano can do. It is the most versatile instrument that you can own and that´s the beauty of it. I am in love with this piano.”