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Piano lessons have greater impact than you can imagine

Our very own Angela Cheng shares her personal relationship with music and the power of its universal language. Piano lessons can have a greater impact than you can imagine!

I was 11 years old and didn’t speak a word of English when we arrived in Edmonton from Hong Kong. I was placed in seventh grade – junior high – while my younger sister went to elementary school with our four cousins. It was lonely. And failing everything except mathematics was heartbreaking.

So I begged my mother for piano lessons. I would love to say that I had been a devoted musician from the time I was four years old – I wasn’t. But I think I knew that when I couldn’t communicate with words, I could with music. And that music would help me feel some kind of connection, some continuity.

But it was a hard time for my family. My mom was a school principal in Hong Kong, but she gave that up to come to Canada and work in a factory so my sister and I could have a better future. Even so, she found a way to get me those lessons.

Every Saturday, I took several buses to get to Alberta College on the south side for my piano lesson. I’d spend the whole day there practicing, and then my teacher would drive me home. On Sunday it was the same thing, but we were placed in chamber groups. I remember playing in a trio and with a violinist and a cellist, even though I couldn’t speak English. It didn’t matter because music really is a universal language. Those are very happy memories for me.

I’m so grateful to my mother for finding a way for me to take those lessons, and for bringing us to Canada. I’m also grateful to the people of Edmonton. After a determined music teacher convinced me that music – not medicine – should be my life’s work, a group of Edmonton women set up a scholarship for me. They created a foundation and held bake sales, raffles, bingos, book sales – you name it – to raise enough money to send me to Juilliard in New York.

I know that everything I do is possible because of the people who supported me along the way. I live and teach in Ohio now, but Edmonton is my home. Every time I get a chance to play here, I treasure it. 

— Angela Cheng, former Alberta College Conservatory student

Angela is an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared with more than 100 orchestras around the world and is known for her remarkable technique, tonal beauty and insightful musicianship.

Angela is playing a concert at MacEwan on June 2 in celebration of the Muttart Foundation’s 65th Anniversary. Email conservatory@macewan.ca for more information or to order tickets.

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How Steinway’s Spirio self-playing piano engineered a symphonic turnaround

Steinway recently introduced this high-tech self-playing concert grand piano called the Spirio.  Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY

Steinway is striking a chord with a new segment of buyers. And some don’t even know how to play the piano.

The key to its newfound success? A technologically sophisticated self-playing grand piano that retains the 165-year-old brand’s rich musicality.

Made in concert with piano engineer Wayne Stahnke, the Spirio uses a mobile app and an iPad included with the purchase to activate the performances of masterful artists such as David Benoit and Bill Charlap.

“It’s a player piano, but we call it a re-performance piano,” CEO Ron Losby said in an interview. “It is a seamless melding of 21st-century technology and Old World craftsmanship.”

 

The path to a self-playing piano came about after hedge fund manager John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. acquired Steinway in 2013. Paulson was riding high at the time after famously reaping billions from his bet against the housing market.

Yet just a few years ago, the piano maker’s sales weren’t so melodic as young Americans turned away from music for other pursuits. Also crippling: The Great Recession ushered in tighter spending among concert halls and other institutional buyers. From 2007 to 2012, Steinway sales had slumped 13%.

Paulson’s personal love of the piano traces back to his formative years as a kid, when his piano-playing sisters begged his father for a Steinway. His family couldn’t afford it at the time, but Paulson’s father scraped together enough money to instead purchase a baby grand piano.

“But it wasn’t a Steinway, and I remember my sister crying at that time — and I realized how powerful the draw was for musicians to play on Steinway,” Paulson, who could not be reached for comment for this story, said in a video interview posted by the company. “My viewpoint is you can’t have too many Steinways.”

Steinway began spending heavily to develop the Spirio self-playing piano, which made its debut in 2016, and expand sales in foreign markets.

Steinway has hundreds of hours of performances available on the Spirio, which uses a complex system of optical sensors and proprietary software to translate hammer velocity and ensure proper pedaling. Owners get free access to the growing catalog.

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Steinway 165th Anniversary Savings Event

 

Since 1853, STEINWAY & SONS has built the world’s finest pianos. Every STEINWAY grand and upright piano is a masterpiece of handcrafted precision and a consummate work of art—painstakingly built by experienced artisans with unending passion for their craft. And today’s STEINWAYS are the best STEINWAYS yet, supported by generations of expertise and state-of-the-art technological advances.

Celebrate the 165th Anniversary of STEINWAY & SONS—an iconic brand and an indelible piece of American musical history—Save thousands, with interest as low as 0% for one year. Interested in a particular model or would like more detailed information? Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch with you.

*Financing subject to approval. Offer expires May 5th, 2018.

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Grand Piano Floor Template

 

With a piano template you can envision what size grand piano is best for your space. As a complimentary service, we can send out a piano specialist on a booked appointment to help you size out the proper length of grand piano for your home. Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you promptly!

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Steinway adds Tania Léon to Artist Roster

Steinway & Sons is proud to announce the addition of Tania León to the roster of Steinway Artists, a select and prestigious group of pianists who have chosen to perform exclusively on Steinway pianos. León is now in the company of immortal legends Sergei Rachmaninoff, Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, and Nina Simone and contemporary icons Thomas Adès, John Corigliano, and Ahmad Jamal, among others.

Havana-born, Grammy-nominated Tania León is world-renowned as a composer and conductor and recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations. Her commissions include works for the National Endowment for the Arts, The Library of Congress, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among others. Her works have been performed by orchestras around the world, and she has collaborated with such authors and directors as John Ashbury, Margaret Atwood, Rita Dove, Jamaica Kincaid, Mark Lamos, Julie Taymor, and Derek Walcott.

“Tonyia’s energy and passion are unsurpassed, and her artistry is the absolute gold standard.”

RON LOSBY

CEO, STEINWAY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

León has lectured at Harvard University and at the prestigious Mosse Lecture series at the University of Humboldt in Berlin. León was also Visiting Professor at Yale University and Guest Composer/Conductor at the Hamburg Musikschule, Germany and the Beijing Central Conservatory, China.

León is both a founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the founder of the Composers Now festival in New York City. Her work with Composers Now was honored by a proclamation by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio naming February 1st as “Composers Now Festival Day.” The proclamation recognizes Composers Now as an ally in empowering living composers from many different global traditions and heritages.

A professor at Brooklyn College since 1985 and at the Graduate Center of CUNY, León was named Distinguished Professor of the City University of New York in 2006. In 2010 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her honors include the New York Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and Guggenheim Fellowships. In 2012 she received both a Grammy nomination (for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition”) and a Latin Grammy nomination (for “Best Classical Contemporary Composition”) and in 2013 she was the recipient of the prestigious 2013 ASCAP Victor Herbert Award.

STEINWAY inspires me as a player, and as a composer.”

TANIA LEÓN

“Tania León is one of the most renowned and sought-after composers and conductors of our time,” said Ron Losby, Chief Executive Officer of Steinway Musical Instruments. “She is a visionary artist and a tireless advocate for music, dance, artistry, and education. We are thrilled to have her join the roster of Steinway Artists. Her energy and passion are unsurpassed, and her artistry is the absolute gold standard. Her values are very much aligned with those of Steinway & Sons; this is a partnership of which we are very proud.”

“Steinway inspires me as a player, and as a composer,” León said.

For more information on Tania León, visit www.tanialeon.com.

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Steinway Sets the Stage

STEINWAY PREFERRED BY 95% OF CONCERT PIANISTS

Pianists performing with the world’s major symphonies continue to overwhelmingly choose STEINWAY & SONS, as evidenced by STEINWAY’S most recent “Box Score,” a yearly survey taken following each concert season to assess piano preference; during the 2016–17 season, 95% of piano soloists performing with orchestras played on STEINWAYS.

The survey includes data from 388 performances with 70 orchestras around the world. These orchestras reported that 388 of their piano soloists performed on STEINWAY & SONS instruments. The rating is consistent with results of surveys throughout the last decade. STEINWAYS have never accounted for less than 95% of the performances reported in a given year. It is this data that consistently supports the assertion that STEINWAY is the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists and is the preferred instrument of countless pianists, professional and amateur, throughout the world.

 

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New Piano, New Year

For detailed information please submit your name, email and a brief message.

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Roland Same-As-Cash Program

Take 12 months to pay your new Roland piano

Take 12 months to pay your New Roland piano with the limited time only Same-As-Cash program. These stunning Roland pianos are not only equipped with the world’s best & latest digital piano technology, they are Packed with features not available in “box box” stores or online retailers. These pianos are uniquely designed to help students achieve their musical dreams at a price that will make anyone smile.

Models to Choose from on this promotion:

F140r, RP501r, Hp504, Hp603, Hp605, Lx7, Lx17 & Gp607

If you’d like additional information or are interested in taking advantage of this offer, fill out your information here.

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New Stock of Used Pianos

Excellent value in entry to performance grade upright pianos starting at only $1499

Choose from Yamaha, Bladwin, Young Chang, Conover Cable & more!

Each piano has been inspected from top to bottom, tuned, regulated and voiced as necessary. All pianos come with warranty.

Please contact us today to visit and test drive one of these before they’re gone!

Piano Centre
10460 170 street Edmonton, AB
Tel. 780-484-3170