Sunday 21 January 2018

Pianist faces seven years in jail over piano practice

Laia Martin: pianist
Laia Martin: pianist

Spanish prosecutors want to send a young pianist to jail for over seven years after a neighbour accused her of causing psychological damage and noise pollution.

The neighbour – identified only as Sonia B – claims she suffered noise pollution between 2003 and 2007 due to the five-days-a-week, eight-hour practice sessions of Laia Martin, who lived below her in the northeastern town of Puigcerda.

Ms Martin (27), now a professional concert pianist, denies that she played at home that often, saying she took regular classes in other towns.

The 'El Pais' newspaper said Sonia B told the court that she now hated pianos and eventually moved.

A Catalonia Justice Tribunal spokeswoman said the trial continued yesterday and ends on November 15. She spoke on condition of anonymity because of tribunal regulations.

Irish Independent

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