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Utah’s Rick Baldassin is world-renowned among pianists, symphony directors, and piano makers for his innovations and contributions to the technical world of pianos. And for four years running, he and his wife, Cindy, co-founders of Baldassin Pianos, have provided the piano that appears on stage to accompany soloists in Shen Yun Performing Arts‘ production in Salt Lake City.

Rick Baldassin and his wife, Cindy provide the piano that accompanies performers on stage at Shen Yun Performing Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah. They attended Shen Yun at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, Feb. 25, 2020. (Sally Sun/The Epoch Times)

The couple is proud of this fact and couldn’t say enough about their admiration for New York-based Shen Yun.

“To me, [Shen Yun] is thrilling,” Cindy began. “It’s thrilling visually, artistically, musically. The choreography is staggering, but the talent, the talent of the dancers are very gifted. And they work very hard, but their gift just shines. … The audience loves it. We sat by a man and as his wife tonight, and he just ooohed and aaaaahed all right through the concert. It was really fun to sit beside him. … It was really thrilling to see the audience so involved.”

The Baldassins attended Shen Yun at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Feb. 25, 2020.

Rick has enjoyed over four decades of piano expertise, being invited to conduct training seminars for the likes of Fazioli, Schimmel and other piano manufacturers in such locales as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, and in Italy. Rick was the Chief Concert Piano Technician for the Utah Symphony Orchestra & Opera, and for the University of Utah. He served as Technical Support Director for Fazioli in North America, received the Piano Technicians Guild’s highest honor, the Golden Hammer, has penned publications and textbooks on the subject, and is now the Concert Technician at Brigham Young University.

Read the full story by Sally Sun and Brett Featherstone at The Epoch Times.

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