Davide Martello

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Davide Martello
Martello in Park Fiction, Hamburg, 5 July 2013
Martello in Park Fiction, Hamburg, 5 July 2013
Background information
Also known asKlavierkunst
Born (1981-11-01) November 1, 1981 (age 39)
OriginLörrach, Germany

Davide Martello, also known as Klavierkunst (born 1 November 1981 in Lörrach in the southwest of Baden-Württemberg), is a German pianist of Italian descent. He was raised in Tuningen, between the Black Forest and the Swabian Jura.

He is known for travelling around conflict zones to play his baby grand piano, which he tows behind his bicycle using a powered trailer.[1][2] Martello has been recognised by the European parliament for his “outstanding contribution to European cooperation and the promotion of common values”.[3] According to his website his aim is to play in every capital of the world.


Over Christmas 2012 he played in Afghanistan, for the soldiers in Mazar-i-Sharif, Kunduz and Termez (Uzbekistan).

During the Gezi Park protests, in the evening of 12 June 2013, a concert was held in Taksim Square to an audience of thousands, centered on a 14-hour-long piano recital on a grand piano brought Martello, on a world tour, on a piano he had built himself. The evening proceeded peacefully without police intervention, though the following day the police confiscated the piano.[4][5]

He also performed at the Maidan revolution in Kiev and the civil war in Donetsk in April 2014.[3]

In 2015 he performed at the sites of the January 2015 Île-de-France attacks. Later that year in the aftermath of the November 2015 Paris attacks, on 14 November 2015, Martello rode his grand piano by bike to the Bataclan theatre (the venue where 89 people were killed in a terror attack) and started playing "Imagine" from John Lennon in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks for a crowd gathered outside the hall.[3]

On 6 October 2018 Martello performed at the "Wald retten - Kohle stoppen" demonstration against the cutting of the Hambach Forest to extend the Hambach open pit mine in Germany.[6]

In March 2019, on the way to play at a pier in San Francisco, Martello wrecked his piano on a hill on Bay Street, but was able to mend it sufficiently to play as planned.[1]


  1. ^ a b Pereira, Alyssa (6 March 2019). "Piano-toting bicyclist and well-traveled performer meets his match in steep SF hill". San Francisco Chronicle.
  2. ^ Martello, Davide. "Klavierkunst". Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Bucks, Jonathan (15 November 2015). "Paris attacks: pianist 'drove 400 miles through the night' to pay tribute". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Piano notes replace tear gas in Taksim as musicians play for Gezi Park protesters". Hurriyet Daily News. Doğan News Agency. 13 June 2013.
  5. ^ Arsu, Sebnem (17 June 2013). "Amid Turmoil in Turkey, Musician Loses Piano". New York Times (Artsbeat blog). p. C3.
  6. ^ Parth, Christian (2018-10-09). "Hambacher Forst: 'Das ist die Mitte der Gesellschaft'". Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 2018-10-07.

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