Temperature controls and state-of-the-art soundproofing keep the room cool and quiet, and new furniture, paint, lighting and carpet provide a comfortable, refined place to work and learn. The room, formerly known as 308, has been named after celebrated Austrian pianist and composer Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000).
This future-proofed teaching facility now includes acoustic curtains and double-glazing, which have blocked out 99% of traffic noise, energy-efficient (Bluetooth-controlled) lighting and solar-powered blackout blinds. The period furniture, original to the room, has been restored and reupholstered.
The opening of the Gulda Room took place in an intimate, socially distanced ceremony on the evening of 22 September and was attended by Dr von der Tann and a few members of his family, as well as Principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, pianist Junyan Chen became the first student to officially perform in the Gulda Room, much to the delight of the event attendees. Junyan, who is the Sir John Beckwith Scholar, played Piano Sonata No 5 by Alexander Scriabin for her delighted audience.