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. Steinway and its patents, in excess of 125, have made it the founder of modern pianos: a result which has enabled it to monopolise the industry. It has been estimated that, in the 2014/2015 season, some 96.5% of classical pianists performed on its pianos.
The construction of each instrument, consisting of more than 12,000 components, requires about a year’s work. 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 woody essences of great rarity with which a Steinway can be ordered, or the special editions made with Karl Kagerfeld, Dakota Jackson and Lalique, not to mention 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, and whose value is estimated at $2.4 million.
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 , February 09 2017