Steinway & Sons: A Cultural Force for Innovation and Excellence
Dr. Matthew Bachman, Director of Institutional Advancement and Operations, Steinway Piano of Baltimore/Washington, DC
Since 1853, Steinway & Sons has been at the forefront of American culture. Founded to build the best piano possible, Steinway has been producing pianos with a unique blend of old world craftsmanship and cutting edge technology since its inception. Having survived numerous economic downturns and national crises (including, but not limited to, warding off rioters threatening to burn their New York factory during the Civil War), Steinway has the distinction of being one of the oldest continuously operating American businesses. From the beginning, Steinway has been committed to bringing the world’s finest musical talent to the Americas, beginning with Anton Rubinstein in the 19th century, Ignaz Paderewski and Vladimir Horowitz in the 20th, and Lang Lang and Yuja Wang in the 21st. This presentation will outline the history and impact of Steinway & Sons on American culture from its inception through the present, share secrets of the construction of the legendary Steinway grand piano (with visuals and an actual Steinway grand), and provide a glimpse to what the future of Steinway holds. This presentation will include surprise guest performers!
$15 door fee for guests and subscribers