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Romain Thiery, born in 1988, is a French author, photographer and pianist. He creates photographic works that show his double attachment to the piano and photography. Romain Thiery has embarked on a photographic work in search of forgotten pianos. The idea of Romain Thiery’s artistic work came from his childhood. Indeed, as the son of a photographer, Romain remembers following his mother in her photographic projects. Moreover, he started learning the piano at the age of five. As an amateur pianist, he was fascinated by Chopin, Satie and Bach, and naturally decided to link his two passions in a single project: Requiem for pianos.

He believes that the piano is deeply rooted in the depths of our culture, and he sought to explore the instrument from an original angle. Since 2014, he has discovered over a hundred abandoned pianos around the world. Scenes from which he never changes anything, leaving the place as it is. This research has taken him to Western Europe, Eastern Europe, as well as the United States.

Beyond his photographic work, Romain records in situ, when possible, note by note, the sounds of the pianos he discovers. They will allow him to build a collection of virtual instruments that he will make available to the public online and during his exhibitions. This method allows him to create a realistic sound model, immortalize the sound of these pianos and capture their identities. These sample libraries will give a second life to abandoned and sometimes hard-to-reach pianos, giving hundreds of musicians around the world the opportunity to make them sound.

In recent years he has won major international photography awards in various competitions. His series have been presented in America, Europe and Asia. His photographs have been exhibited in art galleries in San Francisco, Paris, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Hamburg, Seoul, Lausanne, Madrid, Tel Aviv and many others.

The most prestigious press titles have already praised or treated his work in their pages such as El Pais, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, Cultura Inquieta, Point de Vue, Esquire, Beijing news … and, during TV reports in M6 (France), DW (Germany), Channel Cuatro (Spain), TV5 Monde (France) and I24 News (France and Israel).

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