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Alexandre Kantorow Wins Gold on Steinway

EXANDRE KANTOROW TAKES FIRST PRIZE AT

THE XVI INTERNATIONAL TCHAIKOVSKY COMPETITION

At the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition — the Olympics of classical music held every four years in Russia — contestants in the piano category may select their instrument from various pianomakers, and are free to shift allegiances from round to round. The 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition, and its piano competition, reached its conclusion in the evening of June 27.

In his final round of competition, the 22-year-old Alexandre Kantorow, who had stuck with another pianomaker for previous performances, found himself doubtless overwhelmed by the storied craftsmanship and rich, inimitable tone of the Steinway & Sons Model D grand, and, in an inspired, prescient decision, elected to play on a Steinway for the final round.

It was — as it was for 5 out of 7 of the top prize-winning pianists at the Tchaikovsky and for over 95% of concert pianists who performed with orchestra during the 2017–2018 season — the perfect choice. The Frenchman, performing Tchaikovsky’s and then Brahms’ Second Piano Concertos, impressed the jury with his sensitive musicality and took First Prize and the Gold Medal at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition — and, ultimately, the $100,000 Grand Prix. Congratulations, Alexandre Kantorow!

Photo courtesy of tch16.medici.tv

 

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Used Steinway & Sons Model B

“STEINWAY MODEL B GRAND PIANOS COMBINE STEINWAY’S LEGENDARY QUALITY INTO A TRULY AMAZING AND VERSATILE INSTRUMENT. THESE RESPECTED ‘MUSIC ROOM GRAND’ PIANOS ARE A WONDERFUL MIX OF VISUAL BEAUTY AND TRUE MUSICALITY THAT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO BEAT.”

The Steinway Model B is often called “the perfect piano” and for good reason. It is considered a near perfect blend of size, power and overall versatility making this instrument a solid choice for anywhere from an intimate setting, a teaching studio or a huge concert venue. Larger than a Model S, M, L, or A, Model B grand pianos command a powerful presence. Introduced in 1878, these pianos have been in constant production at both the New York and Hamburg Steinway Factories.

This particular Steinway & Sons model B piano in satin ebony finish was purchased new and was very lightly used. Hammers and dampers show little to now wear, action parts still perform like new. Soundboard in flawless condition, as are the strings.

Piano was meticulously maintained since first delivered. We have completely inspected the piano with our piano technician, and we are including a 5 year parts and labour warranty.

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What It’s Like to Play a $2.5 Million Steinway Grand Piano

In this episode of This Week In Gear: We were invited to be the very first to bring cameras into The Vault, the hugely exclusive Steinway & Sons selection room, where we talked with Todd A. Sanders, one of the three people who has access, about the how it came to be and the pianos inside it. Also, Tucker Bowe reviewed the “lightest 17-inch laptop in the world” and our staff shares their first impressions of Booker’s newest bourbon expression, “Shiny Barrel Batch.” Plus, Jack Seemer suggest three gifts for dads who love to grill, Tanner Bowden gives an overview of the incredible Peak Design Travel Tripod, and Steve Mazzucchi shares three of his must-buy beard care products.

This episode of This Week In Gear is presented by Flipboard, where quality content from the world’s best publishers and storytellers of every type is discovered.

Episode Breakdown:

The Vault at the Steinway Headquarters

Steinway & Sons has been hand making the world’s finest pianos for 160 years. Now the brand has created The Vault, a highly secure selection room that’s reserved for only its top clientele. It showcases seven of the rarest and most highly valued instruments the company has ever built. We visited Steinway’s factory and headquarters in Queens, NYC, to witness the crafting and manufacturing process first-hand, explore about the hyper-exclusive Vault and, of course, play some very rare, grail-worthy pianos.

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Julliard’s Practice rooms continue a Steinway grand tradition!

NEW YORK, NY – At the House of Juilliard in the heart of historic Lincoln Center resides one of the world’s largest inventories of Steinway & Sons pianos: Steinways on concert stages, in practice rooms, faculty studios, classrooms and dance studios.

Chief Piano Technician Mario Igrec said the school owns approximately 260 pianos – 248 are Steinways and 231 of those are Steinway grands. That grand collection includes 10 Model D’s, 63 Model B’s, 5 Model A’s, 98 Model L’s, 42 Model O’s, 12 Model M’s and one Model S.

The New York piano maker’s relationship goes back to 1924 and the founding of the Juilliard Graduate School. According to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music, the school fulfilled last wishes of Augustus D. Juilliard, a wealthy textile merchant who left about $20 million for deserving music students to further their education. Two years later, the Graduate School merged with the Institute of Musical Art to become the Juilliard School of Music. The Institute opened its doors in 1905 under Frank Damrosch, godson of Franz Liszt and head of music education for New York City.

“The partnership between Juilliard and Steinway has been mutually beneficial since both institutions are synonymous with quality,” said Dr. Yoheved (Veda) Kaplinsky, who chairs the piano department and serves as artistic director for Juilliard’s prestigious pre-college piano program. “We both share the ideals of bringing the utmost artistry to the stage, which always requires a collaboration of performer and instrument. Having an instrument with unlimited potential always inspires artists to achieve more.”

“We both share the ideals of bringing the utmost artistry to the stage, which always requires a collaboration of performer and instrument.”

Steinway Artist Murray Perahia gave a master class at Juilliard on October 12, 2017.
Juilliard faculty member, Pre-College piano alumnus and Steinway Artist Emanuel Ax performs at Juilliard’s Pre-College Centennial Gala.
Ingenuity, innovation and imagination come to life on the keys of Steinway pianos behind the many windows of Juilliard. Photo by Chris Cooper

“We both share the ideals of bringing the utmost artistry to the stage, which always requires a collaboration of performer and instrument.”

When Dr. Kaplinsky was growing up in Israel in the 1960s, Juilliard was the symbol of excellence in music education and Steinway was the symbol of excellence in pianos. “My personal relationship with Steinway resulted in my owning two Steinway pianos,” she said. “At its’ best, Steinway is an incomparable product with an incredibly rich sound and great possibilities for nuance. They still remain a favorite among most performers and students.”

 

“Steinway & Sons and The Juilliard School have grown together as cultural mainstays in New York and around the world for more than 90 years,” said Steinway CEO Ron Losby. “From my time studying there, I developed a great passion for music and complete respect for their tradition of excellence in the performing arts. I hold the Juilliard experience close to my heart each and every day.”

Working with Karen Beluso, Steinway’s institutional sales manager of Greater New York, Juilliard has systematically added 14 New York Steinway Model O grands to its practice rooms, where pianos are played incessantly.

“New Steinway pianos in the practice rooms represent a significant development for any young pianist,” said Dr. Beluso, who studied exclusively at Juilliard and holds a doctorate in musical arts. She made her orchestral debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 12 and debuted at Carnegie Hall performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto Number 2 with the New York Youth Symphony.

Karen Beluso, Institutional Sales Manager, Greater New York.

“Having an excellent piano in the practice room is inspiring. Inferior pianos lead to frustration which limits their growth.”

“The quality of the pianos the students use to practice is of paramount importance for their ability to develop technical control and a sound esthetic that will eventually define their artistic personality,” observes Dr. Kaplinsky. “Having an excellent piano in the practice room is inspiring. Inferior pianos lead to frustration which limits their growth.”

To get the most from each practice session, she advises students to listen and focus. “Mechanical practicing is the enemy of artistry and imagination. Befriend the piano and create conversations where every word an note is meaningful. The students’ attitude about practicing is largely determined by their relationship to the instrument. It is rare today that we hear excuses at lessons that are based on blaming the practice rooms. The main complaints we hear today are that there aren’t enough of them,” she said. Juilliard operates 74 practice rooms with pianos in Lincoln Center and another 13 rooms with pianos in the Meredith Willson Residence Hall.

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Integral to Over a Century of Piano Culture, Steinway & Sons Looks to the Future

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As the curtain went up at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater during the 91st Annual Academy Awards, and the now-familiar opening notes of the A Star is Born hit “Shallow” began to trickle out, a Steinway & Sons piano was rolled centerstage. Shining under the soft lights, it sat for a moment waiting for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper to perform what would later take home the Oscar for Best Original Song. Viewed by 29.6 million people, those few seconds became one of the night’s most viral moments, and illustrate how the 166-year-old legacy brand is evolving to meet the needs of piano players and consumers in the digital era.

“It was tremendous,” says Anthony Gilroy, Steinway’s senior director of marketing, at the company’s 11-acre North American headquarters in Astoria, Queens, which has been around since New York City was mostly farmland. He adds that the company doesn’t typically know very far in advance when it will be called upon for those moments in the spotlight. “Usually it’s a fire drill, but we tend to make it happen.”

Lang Lang piano book truck in New York City.

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Established in 1853 out of a loft on Manhattan’s Varick Street, Steinway & Sons has had an impact on piano music that’s hard to overstate. A seemingly endless list of iconic recordings and legendary performances have been made possible thanks to the instrument’s masterful craftsmanship, widely viewed as the gold standard for generations of pianists including George GershwinIrving BerlinCole Porter and Duke Ellington. More recently, the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel, has been utilizing one for his monthly residency at Madison Square Garden (and admits his first splurge was a Steinway). In 2009, Hamilton music director Alex Lacimoreaccompanied Lin-Manuel Miranda performing the Broadway sensation’s opening song on the White House Steinway, a 1938 gift to Teddy Roosevelt, for an audience including then-President Barack Obama.

Today’s most popular classical artists also prefer Steinways. Lang Lang, the acclaimed Chinese concert pianist who recorded his aptly titled latest album Piano Book on one, says, “There is no piano like a Steinway piano. I feel completely at home with their pianos, and I’ve been playing them for the majority of my career.”

Steinways are held in such high regard because they are handcrafted with obsessive meticulousness. “With 250 employees here, we finish about five pianos a day,” says Gilroy. Each instrument takes approximately 11 months to evolve from wooden shell to finished product, an process that begins with Sitka spruce grown on islands off the coast of Alaska. (Trees on the shadier side of the mountains are preferred because the slower a tree grows, the fewer growth rings it has per inch, and the better the sound quality because sound waves travel along the grain of wood.) This inherent customization and attention to detail is the reason for its famously high price point: Some models cost upwards of $200,000. “The price comes from the cost of the materials and the time spent on it,” says Gilroy. “There’s somebody hitting every nail.”

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Jon Batiste performs as Steinway & Sons unveils the Spirio R at Steinway Hall in New York on March 5, 2019 in New York City.

Painstakingly building high-end instruments from scratch isn’t exactly a process (or business model) that’s conducive to increasingly digital-native consumers, so Steinway & Sons has been forced to innovate. Spirio and Spirio | r are five-year-old projects that bring the company into the present — and future. Developed by the company’s in-house engineers, they’re high-tech pianos: The former plays itself to the tune of live recordings by piano luminaries and the latter is capable of recording user performances for editing and playback. “We have a small lab and took all of this knowledge of player pianos and innovated it with our team,” says Robert Polan, director of product management Steinway & Sons. “We’ve also worked with the best pianists in the world. They challenge us to reach the highest performance and quality they achieve and to reproduce that. It’s been a constant evolution.”

Released in 2015, the original Spirio was the company’s first high-resolution player piano. Since then, Steinway has been constantly updating its catalog of historic and new live recordings, which users can cue up via an app and hear played with all the heart and nuance as if the artist was right there in the room. Polan is a fan of the legendary Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, who passed away in 1982. “I never had a chance to hear him live, but with this technology it feels like he’s right there, playing in front of you live,” he tells Billboard. “The first time I heard it, it brought me to tears. It gives you goosebumps.”

Aaron Diehl playing the piano.

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The Spirio | r, which debuted last month on Steinway’s 166th birthday, allows users of the piano brand to record themselves tinkling the keys, and then adjust the recording themselves via the Spirio app. “We have an editor built into the app, so anything you can record, you have access to for editing,” says Polan. “You can tweak everything from pedal data to pitch and duration and more. It’s like Guitar Hero on another level.”

The advances present myriad opportunities for private owners, companies, and institutions alike. “With the ability to stream high resolution player data over the internet, it makes everything from distance learning to remote auditions and master classes possible,” Polan adds. “For example, in the future Steinway will offer a live streaming service, so we can have Lang Lang sit at Steinway Hall in New York, and perform a master class on a Spirio piano that can be transmitted to another Spirio piano on the other side of the world, which receives it without any loss of quality.”

That’s why Jon Batiste is getting a Spirio | r installed over at his perch as the bandleader for The Late Show and Gaga called for one for her Vegas residency. “They had a very specific need for an acoustic piano, but also needed to do mixing of the piano in the PA system,” says Gilroy. “This piano is capable of doing live acoustic performances and having a digital output. It solved a need for them to have a piano that does both.”

It’s this technology, based on over a century of innovations, that will hopefully carry the company into the next century. “With a Steinway, you can hear the difference in tone and the way a note carries,” says Lang Lang. “These are beautiful instruments.”

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Steinway 166th Anniversary Savings Event

 

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ENJOY 0% FINANCING FOR 66 WEEKS ON THE ICONIC PIANO YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF OWNING

On March 5th 1853, German immigrant HENRY E. STEINWAY founded STEINWAY & SONS in New York City with the goal of building the best piano possible. In the pursuit of that goal, he developed the unparalleled STEINWAY and built a legacy that stands as one of America’s greatest success stories. Today, Steinway have created two other piano brands; the Essex & the Boston piano lines; each incorporating the latest Steinway & Sons technical advancements, patents & specified Steinway materials, assembled in different factories.

To Celebrate the founding of the iconic Steinway & Sons company, we are offering spectacular savings on all Steinway – including the new Spirio and Spirio R, Boston and Essex Pianos — Save thousands.

Since 1853, STEINWAY & SONS has built the pianos by which all others are judged. 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 166th Anniversary of STEINWAY & SONS—an iconic brand and an indelible piece of American musical history—with no interest for 66 months.

 

Models Available with 0% financing for 66 weeks:

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UP-118E 47″ upright
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White House Tour & the White House Steinway

On Friday March 8th after concluding the annual Steinway & Sons meeting in Washington D.C., Piano Centre was one of 50 authorized Steinway dealers invited to a private tour of the White House. A memorable experience and fantastic to witness the historic White House Steinway & Sons model D Art Case piano, performed on by pianist Russell Wilson of the Marine Band (Pictures Below).

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At a ceremony on December 10, 1938, this grand piano was presented to President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the White House by Mr. Theodore Steinway, on behalf of the Steinway family. The 300,000th Steinway piano, it was built to replace another Steinway at the White House – #100,000, a gilded and painted grand piano which had been given in 1903 (now on exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution).

Seeking to create a unique and distinguished “State Piano”, Eric Gugler – a New York architect, friend of the Roosevelts, and White House consultant in the 1930s – chose a square form with simpler lines than the routine double-curve form. The case was made of fine Honduran mahogany. Although it measures seven inches longer than the standard nine-foot Steinway grand, it has identical musical works.

At Mr. Steinway’s suggestion Dunbar Beck, a muralist, executed the gold leaf decoration representing “five musical forms indigenous of America” – a New England barn dance; a lone cowboy playing his guitar; the Virginia reel; two black field hands, one clapping and one dancing; and an Indian ceremonial dance. Albert Stewart, a sculptor, executed the three gilded mahogany legs carved as American eagles.

Since the musical works had deteriorated somewhat, the piano was returned to the manufacturer in 1979 for a major rebuilding of the instrument within its historic case. Although used in the East Room from its presentation to 1989, since then it has stood principally in the Entrance Hall, where it is often played by members of the Marine Band during social functions.

Office of the Curator, The White House

 

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March Highlights from the Spirio Catalog

MARCH 2019

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AN ARETHA FRANKLIN TRIBUTE, TRANSCENDENTAL ETUDES, DAVID BOWIE RE-ARRANGED, AND A BIT OF BOLLYWOOD

STEINWAY & SONS SPIRIO, the world’s finest high resolution player piano, features a musical tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, from the Prince of New Orleans, Davell Crawford.

Aretha Franklin’s special place in pop music as a pioneer and an influencer is undeniable. The emotion she brought to a diverse group of signature tunes is evoked by Davell Crawford in a set of arrangements produced exclusively for SPIRIO.

SPIRIOSYNC VIDEO

Crawford also appears in this month’s SPIRIOSYNC video, a performance of “Day Dreaming” live from Steinway Hall, New York. He spoke to us about the music of Aretha Franklin.

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We also explore David Bowie’s music through arrangements by Meral Guneyman, scale the heights of virtuosic pianism with Konstantin Scherbakov, and get a taste of Bollywood music-making with Sunny Choi.

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Classical pianists look to Liszt’s 12 Transcendental Etudes as a career achievement, but Konstantin Scherbakov brings his formidable virtuosity not just to these works, but also to a “companion” set of Etudes Sergei Lyapunov wrote to honor Liszt and to complete the cycle, both musically and in degree of difficulty. This monumental group of 24 Transcendental Etudes marks Scherbakov’s SPIRIO debut. Scherbakov spoke to STEINWAY about his recording for SPIRIO and STEINWAY & SONS label.

Meral Guneyman’s new arrangements of classic David Bowie songs are presented on spirio for the first time. “Life on Mars,” “Let’s Dance,” “Space Oddity” and others take new shape when heard on solo piano — familiar yet different, for fans and as a discovery for the unenlightened.

Similarly, the music of Bollywood will be entirely familiar to fans of the genre (of which there are millions), while for others, Sunny Choi’s arrangements of the most popular tunes provide yet another flavor to the SPIRIO experience.

 

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Each month we features highlights from the SPIRIO catalog. Learn more about the artists, the history and the music found exclusively on SPIRIO.

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2019 Oscar night wins with Steinway pianos

Steinway & Sons strong presence on the musical side of the 91st Academy Awards

Seated in the front row as the opening acoustic chords rang out, Gaga and Cooper ascended the stairs and placed themselves at a radiant Steinway piano.

In the Best Picture winning film Green book, Dr. Shirley says to make sure that there’s a Steinway piano at every concert venue, Tony scribbles down “STAINWAY” on a sheet of paper. His doltishness is endearing, not annoying.

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