Pianist Facing Jail for PRACTISING!!!

This is a ridiculous situation! A pianist, who has gone to be good enough to have a successful career as a professional player is being sued, faces jail and possibly a future ban from playing the piano. Pathetic!

I lived in Spain, practised in my apartment block and did not receive one complaint…

Here is the BBC News report!

Spanish pianist faces jail over noise pollution claims

Pianist Laia Martin in court in Girona, Spain (15 Nov. 2013)The pianist and her parents say they did try to soundproof the room

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Spanish prosecutors are seeking a 20-month prison sentence for a professional pianist whose former neighbour is suing over alleged noise pollution.

Musician Laia Martin is on trial in Girona after her family’s downstairs neighbour, Sonia Bosom, accused her of causing psychological harm.

Prosecutors are also demanding that the 27-year-old be banned from professional piano playing for six months.

A verdict is expected within two weeks.

Ms Martin’s parents are also being sued and face a fine if found guilty.

Ms Bosom alleges that the pianist – a conservatoire student at the time – practised her piano for eight hours, five days a week from 2003-2007.

‘Piano horror’ The alleged victim said she now has such a horror of pianos, she cannot stand even seeing them in films, reports say.

Ms Bosom’s lawyer said she had endured “four years of suffering,” the Associated Press news agency reports.

In their defence, the Martin family said they had tried to soundproof the room, and that the practice had not been as constant as claimed.

The public prosecutor had initially sought a jail term of over seven years for Ms Martin.

Good luck Ms. Martin!

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Just in from Norman Lebrecht’s ‘Slipped Disk’ site…

Popular media have been running a scare story that a Spanish pianist ‘might’ go to jail for inflicting noise pollution on a neighbour with excessive practising.
At today’s court session in Gerona, the prosecution lowered its sentence demand from 7 1/2 years to 20 months. Since Laia Martin has no previous criminal record, she cannot go to jail under Spanish law if the sentence is less than two years – even if she is convicted of the offence.
The court has retired to consider its verdict. Read an account in El Pais, just in.
End of story.

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Just In From The BBC…

Spanish pianist faces jail over noise pollution claims

Pianist Laia Martin in court in Girona, Spain (15 Nov. 2013)The pianist and her parents say they did try to soundproof the room

Spanish prosecutors are seeking a 20-month prison sentence for a professional pianist whose former neighbour is suing over alleged noise pollution.

Musician Laia Martin is on trial in Girona after her family’s downstairs neighbour, Sonia Bosom, accused her of causing psychological harm.

Prosecutors are also demanding that the 27-year-old be banned from professional piano playing for six months.

A verdict is expected within two weeks.

Ms Martin’s parents are also being sued and face a fine if found guilty.

Ms Bosom alleges that the pianist – a conservatoire student at the time – practised her piano for eight hours, five days a week from 2003-2007.

‘Piano horror’The alleged victim said she now has such a horror of pianos, she cannot stand even seeing them in films, reports say.

Ms Bosom’s lawyer said she had endured “four years of suffering,” the Associated Press news agency reports.

In their defence, the Martin family said they had tried to soundproof the room, and that the practice had not been as constant as claimed.

The public prosecutor had initially sought a jail term of over seven years for Ms Martin.

 

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