British writer to look for antique pianos in Siberia

Woman playing piano

Woman playing piano

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Sophy Roberts collects stories of "lost" antique musical instruments.

Pianos of Siberia by Michael Turek on Vimeo.

A true admirer of travel in remote places, British writer Sophy Roberts and British-American photographer, Michael Turek, are to visit Siberia in late January to collect stories about old pianos and other antique musical instruments. They plan to meet the musicians and owners of the instruments and to visit Novosibirsk's philharmonic orchestra.

Roberts was inspired - and motivated - to learn more, when she heard a chance remark in Mongolia, 'The Lost Pianos of Siberia'.

She told RBTH: "I want to see if this phrase has bones behind the poetry; that is what this search is about. And I am extremely grateful to my publisher who has backed a hunt full of risk."

All instruments she finds - and the human stories behind them - will feature in Roberts's new non-fiction book project 'The Lost Pianos of Siberia', (to be published by Transworld in 2019). 

Roberts hopes that Siberian locals will help her find artifacts and information and will be thankful to those to share any information and stories devoted to the old instruments. (Email: or via Sophy's Russian representative: Elena Official website of the project:

Follow Sophy's search on Instagram at sophy_roberts: #lostpianosofsiberia 

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