When we opened our doors in 2007, we had a vision to offer free, intimate piano concerts & recitals for the greater Seattle area. As a local piano store, we love building relationships with music teachers, students, and musicians in our community. One of the ways we were able to bring our vision to fruition was by opening our Mercer Music Hall at our International Piano Gallery.
Since we opened our Mercer Music Hall, we have been able to host recitals, concerts, rehearsals, and meetings. The Mercer Music Hall comfortably seats 80 people, which creates an intimate, yet impactful venue.
Some musicians choose not to use sheet music on stage. Regardless of if you plan to use your sheet music or not, memorizing your music can be a helpful way to remain focused on the music as you perform. Memorizing your music can also help you perform more expressively, as you won’t worry about losing your spot with your sheet music.
If you close your eyes and imagine how it will feel walking on to stage and up to the piano, you can anticipate any nerves, emotions, or even lighting scenarios.
Especially if you haven’t played in front of anyone outside your household, it is important to practice at least once in front of a new audience. It gives you an opportunity to work out any jitters you may have. Bonus, you can enjoy the applause & positive feedback from friends in a casual setting before you move on to a concert hall.
Unless you practice and perform on a portable digital piano, the performance piano you use may be brand new to you. Practicing on the instrument you plan on using during your recital before the performance can help you prepare for any nuances the individual instrument might have.
Your audience is there to enjoy your performance. Loosen the muscles around your shoulders & neck and try to have fun with your performance!
Our International Piano Gallery features an exquisite collection of Grand and Upright Pianos, New and Certified Pre-Owned, and brands like Yamaha, Petrof, & Hailun. Our pianos are tuned & cared for by the finest Piano technicians in the country.
Let our experienced staff help you select the right piano for your experience level, price point, & musical needs.
When you begin looking for a new or pre-owned piano, the number of options can be intimidating. Owning a piano is an investment, and you want to make sure you pick the right model.
Before entering a piano store, knowing what size of piano your home can accommodate is important. Walking in with measurements and constraints is an important first step. If you’re low on space, consider looking at upright pianos.
The piano is a stringed keyboard instrument in which the strings are struck by wooden hammers that are coated with a softer material. It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings. It was invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700.