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Find and post locations of public pianos at airports, train stations, and other travel hubs worldwide.

AirportsEdit

  • North America
    • ATL (Atlanta): in food court on bottom floor
    • Bermuda: grand piano in the open area of departures
    • Chicago
      • ORD (O'Hare): in a wine bars, gates H4 and C17
    • CLT (Charlotte): in the atrium
    • DTW (Detroit): Yamaha grand next to A71
    • HSV (Huntsville): public waiting area
    • MSP (Minneapolis-St.Paul): nice Kawai baby grand between United and Delta baggage claims
    • PIT (Pittsburgh International Airport): Ticketing level, Landside Terminal
    • PDX (Portland, Oregon): a very sweet Kawai at gate D1. There are claimed to be two Yamahas in the non-sterile area (one near the Powell's Books).
    • SAN (San Diego, CA): normal Yamaha piano. To the right of the jet bridge exit from curbside drop-off in T2 West
    • SJC (San Jose, CA): grand by Terminal B baggage claim, grand in Terminal A waiting area pre-security against wall near escalator
    • YCC (Calgary, Canada): departures terminal E, right after the duty free: Baldwin upright
  • South America
  • Europe
    • AMS (Amsterdam Schipol): baby grand in Terminal 2, D gates
    • BRQ (Brno) At departure gates
    • BUD (Budapest Liszt Ferenc) 2B Terminal
    • CDG (Paris Charles de Gaulle): excellent (white) Yamaha baby grand in Terminal 2E between M43 and M45 / Small vertical piano in Terminal 2E between gates L44 and L42
    • CRL (Brussels-Charleroi): near gate 11
    • FRA (Frankfurt Main): grand in the lobby of the Sheraton airport hotel
    • LHR (London Heathrow):
      • baby grand in the arrivals area of Terminal 3
      • baby grand on the way to gate 26 of Terminal 3 with “play me” written in many languages
      • upright between security and Fast Track security in Terminal 3
      • upright near one of the gates (23?) in Terminal 3 with “play me” written in many languages
    • OUL (Oulu): gate area
    • PRG (Prague): upright near gate D1
    • FCO (Rome): Ciampi aka Boston black 6 ft grand piano in Terminal 3 at gate D2 (closer to D3 near the café, look for the small patch of blue carpet), and a decent one in Terminal 1 at gate B4
    • PMO (Palermo): near gate 16
  • Middle East
    • AMM (Queen Alia International Airport in Amman): baby grand in the baggage claim area, with a sign saying “do not play” :-(
  • Asia
  • Australia & New Zealand: Melbourne Airport T2 departures past security, close to World of Chocolate

Train Stations Edit

  • North America
    • Davis, CA: Painted upright piano near entrance (summer months only)
    • Los Angeles, CA: Union Station in downtown LA
  • South America
  • Europe
    • The Netherlands
      • Amsterdam Central Station: baby grand on your left just after the main entrance
      • Arnhem Central Station; Away from the train tracks, in the buss area
      • Breda Central Station
      • Den Haag Central Station
      • Groningen Central Station
      • Nijmegen Central Station
      • Rotterdam Central Station: upright with about an inch thick plywood on the back because of noise complaints
      • Utrecht Central Station
      • Zwolle Central Station
    • France
      • All "big" SNCF train stations
      • Menton: a black upright Piano in waiting room
      • Paris: Montparnasse train station and Gare d'Austerlitz
    • Italy
      • Florence: S.M. Novella: black Yamaha upright in the shopping gallery, right in front of the stairs
      • Naples: Piazza Garibaldi Central station: black Yamaha upright in the middle, near the main entrance
      • Turin Porta Nuova: a black upright piano on main atrium
      • Rome: Tiburtina train station: a black upright piano on the 2nd floor near the entrance to platforms 4 and 5
    • Norway
      • Oslo Sentralstasjon: black baby grand at the north end on the regular train level (one higher than the airport train level)
    • Sweden
      • Malmö: central railway station
    • UK
      • London St Pancras: several uprights in the waiting hall
      • Brighton train station
      • Clapham Junction
      • Sheffield: one upright in the main concourse
  • Asia
    • Kaohsiung Formosa Boulevard Metro Station (美麗島): Main Underground Concourse with the stained glass ceiling. Talk to the nearby info booth attendant before playing
  • Australia & New Zealand

Public Spaces Edit

  • North America
    • Alpharetta, GA:  In Cogburn Road Park under the pavilion (by Play Me Again Pianos)
    • Ann Arbor, MI
      • Mott Children Hospital (lobby): nice grand
      • Taubman Center at the UM hospital (lobby): another nice grand
      • U of M Union (Study room to the left of main entrance on State St.) Old but beautiful playing Steinway & Sons B
      • St. Joeseph Mercy Hospital ER lobby
    • Atlanta, GA
      • Chastain Park - In the pavilion at the playground (by Play Me Again Pianos)
      • Colony Square - In the plaza by the "MIDTOWN" letters (by Play Me Again Pianos)
      • Woodruff Arts Center - In the breezeway outside of the box office (by Play Me Again Pianos)
      • Woodruff Arts Center - Callaway Plaza, accross the driveway from the Robert Woodruff Statues (by Play Me Again Pianos)
      • Ponce City Market - on the 3rd Level of Ponce City Market near the Bike Valet just off the BeltLine (by Play Me Again Pianos)
      • Atlantic Station - In  front of the Regal Atlantic Station Stadium Theater (by Play Me Again Pianos)
    • Bellevue, WA: 9 foot Steinway(!) available for public play at Bellevue Square (575 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA), 2nd floor by the central area (middle intersection) with the elevator. It is covered and lightly fenced off most of the time, but sometimes it is not.
    • Boston, MA: Beaten old upright in the food court of Quincy Market
    • Brookhaven, GA: In Ashford Park on the porch of the community buidling (by Play Me Again Pianos)
    • Chamblee, GA: On the Chamblee Rail Trail under Clairmont Road (by Play Me Again Pianos)
    • Davis, CA: three upright painted pianos (summer months only)
    • Denver, CO: ten upright pianos along the 16th street mall (unavailable in winter and during inclement weather)
    • Dunwoody, GA: At the Dunwoody Nature Center (by Play Me Again Pianos)
    • Marietta, GA
      • In East Cobb Park in the upper pavilion (by Play Me Again Pianos)
      • In front of the Egg Harbor Cafe Restaurant in East Cobb (by Play Me Again Pianos)
    • Mountain View, CA: Main Entrance 2nd level of lobby at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (701 E El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA)
    • San Jose, CA: small upright at Cafe Frascati (315 S. 1st Street, San Jose, CA)
    • New York, NY: Baker's Pizza. Avenue A, between 12th and 13th street in Manhattan.
    • Omaha, NE: Upright outside of Imaginarium in Benson strip, extremely poor quality. (6022 Maple St)
    • Ypsilanti, MI: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital main lobby: a decent grand

Europe

  • Austria
    • Vienna: The "Haus der Musik" (Seilerstätte 30, A-1010 Vienna) has a grand piano in the inner yard that can be played
  • Czech Republic
    • Prague: in Karlovo Namesti park there's an upright piano
  • France
    • Paris: Le Jardin des Plantes has an upright piano overlooking the garden
  • Germany
    • Sindelfingen: Breuningerland (I think 2nd floor) has a very nice grand that is usually unlocked

Asia

  • Dubai, UAE: Dubai Mall in the "Village District". Old Yamaha upright piano. Has a few off notes but still quite elegant.
  • Dubai, UAE: Downtown. Unbranded upright pianos. Usually found by the squares (only available from November-May).
  • Dubai, UAE: The Walk, JBR. Unbranded upright piano. Near the main square (only available from October-June)
  • Hong Kong: Hong Kong Arts Center G/F

Australia

  • Melbourne: Grand Piano in Arts Centre Foyer and uprights in Hamer Hall, as well as Arts Centre basement carpark
  • RMIT University, Melbourne - Building 10 (TBC)

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Hostels and Hotels Edit

  • North America
    • Austin, TX: Hilton Convention Center, 6th floor Austin Hall. Nice Yamaha
    • Cambridge, MA: The Charles Hotel, 2nd floor, near the bar/dance floors: one old (but good!) Baldwin baby grand; one (often locked) Steinway
    • Denver, CO: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Take skybridge to banquet floor. Fair Baldwin R Model
    • Seattle, WA: Sheraton, both on 3rd and 4th floor (conference floors): Yamaha grands
    • Tampa FL: Westin Waterside, fine mahogany Yamaha on first floor banquet rooms (street level). Desk manager kind enough to have instrument placed in small conference room for practice.
    • Aspen, CO: St. Moritz Lodge, baby grand in main lobby
    • Minneapolis, MN: Crowne Plaza Northstar, Fair Baldwin R model (?) on 7th floor prefunction area.
    • San Francisco, CA: Le Meridien Hotel, floor M above lobby
    • San Francisco, CA: Hilton Union Square. Fair Steinway B model located in the southeast most corner (Mason and Ellis St) of the banquet facility beneath a stairwell. May be seen from street level. https://www.google.com/maps/@37.7855653,-122.4095832,3a,75y,213.84h,98.74t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sftK4Xq1aTPkcdj7-_y0X3A!2e0!7i16384!8i8192
  • South America
    • Rio de Janiero: Mambembe Hostel
    • Panama City, Panama: Panama Marriott, Nice Yamaha studio upright on mezzanine level near banquet rooms. They keep the Yamaha grand disclavier locked up on the 1st floor.
  • Europe
    • Stuttgart, Germany: Hotel Graf Zepellin has a decent upright in the lobby.
    • Lenzerheide, Switzerland: Hotel Schweizerhof has a nice Schimmel grand in a bar/meeting space in the basement, which is usually empty and isolated from the rest of the hotel.
    • Reykjavik, Iceland: Grand Hotel, grand on the 4th floor, near elevators; Kex Hostel 1st floor in the hallway
    • Vienna Austria: Ruthensteiner Hostel
  • Asia
    • Beijing, China: The Hilton Beijing Hotel (Chaoyang) has a decent baby grand tucked away near the ballrooms; the area is empty at night.
  • Australia & New Zealand

Street Pianos Edit

Davis, CA: http://www.facebook.com/inthekeyofdavis

http://www.streetpianos.com/

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