Bosnian students break Guinness record for simultaneous piano-playing

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A group of 20 Bosnians, 18 music students aged nine to 15 from Sarajevo and Istocno Sarajevo and their two teachers, set a new Guinness World Record for simultaneously playing a piece on the same piano. 

The participants trained for three months for their joint performance of French musicologist and composer Albert Lavignac’s late-19th-century oddity ‘Galop Marche’, originally written for eight hands.

Some of the piano players were on their knees, while others laid flat on their fronts or playing upside down during the record-breaking event which took place in the Sarajevo City Hall.  

Photo: FENA

Each player used one hand to play the piece. The performance was coordinated by Bosnian composer Djordje Jovancic, who was tasked with adapting the composition for 100 fingers.

Local media reported that Bosnians have beaten the record set by Italian music teacher Angela Montemurro and 17 of her students in 2014, although their feat still has to be officially recognized by the Guinness World Records team.

Photo: FENA