Annamaria Habermann is PianoDoc, InventorDoc, WriterDoc
during a lecture as book author. She holds a piano diploma and invented an ergonomic piano bench and other things…
Anna Maria Habermann, daughter of an italian mother and a hungarian father has studied different subjects:
She got her piano diploma in 1964 at the “conservatorio di musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia” and plays as soloist and with her chamber music trio.
She got her medical degree with “summa cum laude” at the Siena university in 1969 and has worked as assistant doctor in anesthesia and surgery. Further on she specialized in orthopedics and traumatologics, practising these specialities in the Niguarda hospital of Milano.
Since 1990 she worke as free lance and researches about the deseases of musicians.
She gave classes of neuro-physiology of learning for musicians at the “Accademia Incontri con il Maestro di Imola” and at the
“conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano”.
Her scientific publications are numerous.
AND she writes prosa books like her last publication “L´Ultima Lettera Di Tibor”.
26 october 2002 “primo premio assoluto” of Literature Prize “Mario Tobino” for Italy given to Dr.med. Annamaria Habermann for her book: “L´Ultima Lettera Di Tibor”, published in italian and coming close to be a bestseller…
Dott. Sergio Nazzar and Dott. Anna Maria Habermann during a lecture of her book “L´Ultima Lettera Di Tibor”in Rome.
she had been invited by the hungarian academy in Rome for two reasons: the presentation of the hungarian translation of her book “The Last Letter From Tibor” because of the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution and she should be talking about Shoa. That was by reading some letters of relatives of her father from the concentration camps … since she is just working on a book about her discovery of an unknown relative who suffered in these camps.
She designed an innovative ergonomic piano bench
which allows the lower parts of the spine column an easy balance and thus a better energy flow during piano playing.
Ergonomic Piano Bench for Pianists
The following article is provided by Dr. Annamaria Habermann and is used with permission. For more information on the Linea® Ergonomic Piano Bench read this:
Medical Scientific Report
By Dr. Habermann For this reason, pianists frequently suffer from strain in the regions of the neck, the shoulder blades and the back. The performer may then suffer serious pain caused by fibrosis. Even if this can be helped by specific gymnastics and or by physical therapy, these pains reappear as soon as the performer returns to playing his instrument. All this is mainly caused by the posture which the performer maintains at the instrument and which is, in turn depends on the shape of the bench on which he is sitting. The pianist must be able to:
- freely move his arms with agility, ease and strength
- freely move his feet to use the pedals
During his performance he is continually shifting the weigit on his pelvis around his lumbar vertebrae. As you can see from the first figure, when the traditional bench is used the sitting position is towards the front of bench without asuitable support for the back and the weight of the body lies only on the ischiatic protuberance, thus keeping the pelvis in an instable position. As a result, all the physiological curves of the spinal column are compressed, thus increasing the lordosi lombare, the lordosi and the antiversione cervicale and the dorsal cifosis. (Figure 1.) The movement of the feet further increases this imbalance because of the decrease in the support of the hip-bones which causes a stiffening of the upper body and a strain on the trapezium muscles which then contract to keep the spinal column immobile. This causes pain in the regions of the shoulder blades and cervical dorsal muscles. (Figure 2.) The solution to this problem consists in the use of a seat equipped with a sloping surface which creates a difference in height between the front and rear levels. It is an ergonomic seat which helps to solve the problems of static on the spinal column by making the weight of the trunk completely lie on the protuberances of the hip-bones and the lower limbs. The posture which the performer assumes on this seat furthermore fosters the freedom of movement of the upper lumbs and especially their force of impact on the keyboard. Furthermore it helps to reduce spinal curvature and to eliminate muscular strain even during movements of the feet which are then in the optimal position for using the pedals. (Figure 3.) This position is advised by all the most advanced physiotherapic methods and is useful also singers and wind-instrument players. It is in fact, the best position for audibility of sounds and voice emission. (Figure 4.) Dr. Annamaria Habermann, the designer and patent-holder of the new “LINEA®” bench, is a surgeon with specialisations in orthopaedics and traumatology. Her particular ability in this field is augmented by the fact that she holds a diploma in pianoforte.