pilgrim [ˈpɪlgrɪm]
[Middle English, from Old French peligrin, from Late Latin pelegrinus, alteration of Latin peregrinus, foreigner; see peregrine.]

1. A religious devotee who journeys to a shrine or sacred place.
2. One who embarks on a quest for something conceived of as sacred.
3. A traveler, wayfarer or homeless wanderer, especially in a foreign place.


My name is Jarno van Es and I am a Piano Pilgrim.

I travel around the world, carrying only a backpack and a recording device. Along the way I play as many pianos as possible by walking into hotels, bars, theaters, music schools and churches. I play pianos in parks, museums, public streets and living rooms of people I had never met before.

I search for interesting pianos in unexpected places, but even more interesting are the stories behind them: the stories of the people I meet. I want to share these inspiring stories and experiences with you, so we can change the world together, one piano at a time.