Top pianist ‘humbled’ by support from fans

Emmanuel Vass. Photograph taken by Emma Phillipson.
Emmanuel Vass. Photograph taken by Emma Phillipson.

A piano virtuoso is tuning up to record a new album, and he may have broken a world record during his efforts to fund the project.

Emmanuel Vass, from the village of Melbourne, launched a campaign to raise £2,000 to record the ‘Sonic Waves’ album. Within five days of setting up the campaign, about £2,200 had been pledged by his fans.

He believes this may be a record for fastest funded classical music project but has to wait 12 weeks for verification from Guinness World Records.

By the time the Post went to print, more than £2,500 had been donated to his campaign. The money will be used to fund the recording, marketing, design, and production costs associated with releasing the CD.

Emmanuel said: “I’m both gobsmacked and humbled. The support really means the world to me.”

The 26-year-old is also aiming to break the world record for ‘First unsigned, crowd funded album to reach number one in an album chart’.

He will be undertaking a 17-date ‘Sonic Waves’ tour from June - September this year, which includes a gig at Pocklington Arts Centre on 19 June.

After the success of his self-produced first album, ‘From Bach to Bond, his second album Sonic Waves will feature water-themed classical music by composers Liszt, Debussy, Chopin, Schubert, Saint-Saëns and Handel. The album will also feature arrangements of three traditional sea shanties, arranged in a virtuosic, classical style.

For more information about Emmanuel’s latest project, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/mannyvass/make-sonic-waves-with-classicfm-bbc-r3-pianist-man/description