14 December 2023
By Ellie Palmer
The celebrated pianist's Shigeru Kawai grand piano was being delivered to a concert venue in Palermo via truck when it was stolen
Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev's beloved Shigeru Kawai grand piano has been robbed while being transported in Italy, according to Italian news outlets.
Pletnev's grand piano, worth an estimated £94,000, was en route to Palermo in Sicily ahead of a concert that Pletnev was due to perform at.
According to local news outlet Sicily Lab, thieves, broke into a parking garage and stole the van containing the specially made musical instrument, which Pletnev uses for all the dates of his international tour.
They also report that the piano has now been found and recovered by police, but is damaged. Let's hope this wonderful piano can be fully restored!