Steinway & Sons, a name which has become as legendary as the pianists whose fingers have danced over its keyboards, produces the most amazing pianos in the world. And has been doing so for more than 160 years.
The company was founded in New York in 1853 by the German pianist Henry E. Steinweg and its patents, in excess of 125, have made it the founder of modern pianos: a result enabling it to gain a near-monopoly of the industry at a time when the vast majority of classical pianists play a Steinway.
Production of this musical instrument is particularly complex and involves a large number of technicians and craftsmen. It takes about a year to assemble the more than 12,000 elements comprising a piano.
But Steinway pianos do not excel solely from a technical and acoustic point of view: they also do so aesthetically, and proof of this are the veneers of great rarity with which a Steinway can be ordered, or the special editions made by various artists such as the recent masterpiece of craftsmanship designed by Frank Pollaro, the Fibonacci; an amazing piano made of Macassar ebony whose design and construction required more than 6,000 hours of work.
There are two production centres of Steinway & Sons: the first is located in Queens of New York and supplies all of North and South America, the second is located in Hamburg and produces the pianos that will then be distributed in the rest of the countries of the world.
To admire a Steinway you need do no more than wonder at its elegant and sensual shape, but its real seduction arises from the partnership with its artists because, as Steinway likes to say, without them its pianos would remain silent and soulless.
New York, December 2018