Carnegie Hall is delighted to salute our longtime colleagues and Midtown neighbors, Steinway & Sons, as the venerable piano-maker celebrates its 160th anniversary.
Founded in Manhattan by German immigrant Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg—later Anglicized to Henry E. Steinway—in 1853, Steinway & Sons developed the modern piano with revolutionary designs and created 127 patented inventions to perfect the piano-making process. By the turn of the century, the company was crafting thousands of pianos in its Astoria, New York and Hamburg, Germany factories, each one created with the finest quality materials and the attention to detail for which the company quickly became known. Today, Steinway & Sons crafts approximately 2,500 pianos a year and is the choice of 97% of piano soloists who perform at major venues, such as Carnegie Hall.
Since Carnegie Hall first opened its doors in 1891, Steinway has been our close ally and is currently recognized as the Hall's Official Piano. Our shared history includes momentous performances by some of the most renowned and unforgettable musicians of our time. Steinway-playing artists over the decades have included Vladimir Horowitz, Duke Ellington, Arthur Rubinstein, Harry Connick Jr., Billy Joel, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Maurizio Pollini, Jeremy Denk, Mitsuko Uchida, and many more. Immortal Steinway Artists Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky made their debuts at Carnegie Hall, and in 1953 the Hall hosted dozens of Steinway Artists and thousands of fans for the Steinway Centennial Celebration.
In 1988, Steinway's 500,000th piano was unveiled at Carnegie Hall, and in 2003, Steinway's 150th anniversary was celebrated here with a three-day concert series titled A Celebration of Music, featuring such legendary performers as Randy Newman, Ahmad Jamal, Roger Williams, Nancy Wilson, Art Garfunkel, and Ramsey Lewis, among others. In addition to being in "musical proximity" with Steinway & Sons since Carnegie Hall opened, we have also been in close physical proximity since 1925, the year the renowned Steinway Hall was built, just steps away from our front door.
The Making of a Steinway: A Steinway & Sons Factory Tour, featuring the decades-old audio from a narrated factory tour by the late John H. Steinway (1917–1989).
To celebrate its 160th anniversary, Steinway will hold celebrations over the course of the next month at dealer locations throughout the United States as well as other special events throughout the year. One of the major highlights planned as part of the 2013 celebration is the opportunity to take part in events at the only Steinway & Sons factories in the world—in Astoria, New York and in Hamburg, Germany. A unique Steinway New York factory open house with in-depth, interactive tours by the foremen and craftsmen that build the world's best piano will take place on Saturday, June 22 at the famed Astoria factory. Separate VIP tours will be offered for both the press and the general public. Find out more or pre-register for the tour by visiting steinway.com/160.
From Carnegie Hall to Steinway & Sons, zum wohl!