The pianist said it had taken her 10 days to share the “very sad piece of news” because it “has been such a shock to me that I didn’t immediately want to share it with the world.”
Her precious F278 Fazioli piano was the only one in the world with four pedals, she wrote.
“I adored this piano. It was my best friend, best companion. I loved how it felt when I was recording — giving me the possibility to do anything I wanted,” she said.
“Now it is no longer.”
The iron frame was broken, as was much of the structure, lid and case, she said.
Hewitt said she “couldn’t believe it,” adding: “It makes no sense, financially or artistically, to rebuild this piano from scratch. It’s kaputt. The movers of course were mortified. In 35 years of doing their job, this had never happened before. At least nobody was hurt.”
Fazioli Pianos is in Sacile, northeast of Venice, in an area of Italy known for its woodworking.
Hewitt told CNN she would not be commenting further “while the insurance saga is…