Cristóbal, the Latin Grammy piano tuner

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In the bustle of sound technicians and workers finalizing all the details of the flamenco gala scheduled for this Monday night in the Plaza de España in Seville, the head of Christopher Soria. He is messing around in the bowels of the grand piano Yamaha CFXvalued at around 200,000 euros, which the artist must play Dorantes.

While a dancer hits the zapateado hard and a flamenco cajon plays at full volume, Cristóbal tries to tune the piano, bringing your ear as close to the instrument as possible. “It’s the most extreme test a piano tuner can face: leaving the instrument perfectly tuned in a noisy environment like this,” he explains.

Soria has been frenetic work In sevilla. Dorantes’ piano will not be the only one being tuned these days. All the pianos that play at the Latin Grammy gala, which will be held next Thursday, and also in all the concerts and events that have been organized in the capital of Seville, attracted by the festivities, will pass through your hands and ears. of the Latin Recording Academy. It is the first time, in its more than two decades of history, that the Latin Grammys leave the United States.

In addition to tuning pianos, Cristóbal Soria’s company –Mortesa Pianoswhich is associated with Call and Playone of the most powerful at European level – is dedicated to rent musical instruments. And they have been chosen by the organizers of the Latin Grammys and the rest of the concerts and galas that are happening these days in Seville to supply them with pianos.

For the Latin Grammy gala, which will be attended by the world stars of Latin music, Soria has already installed five pianos in the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions that he must leave in perfect condition of tuning. One for Shakira (purchased expressly for her), another for Alejandro Sanz and the rest for other pianists.

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