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Steinway's Birthday is Over

Steinway's 150th anniversary party is now over. Here's an article offering an overview of the Steinway company today

An American cultural institution, the Steinway piano, is ending a year-long celebration on its 150th anniversary. Experts consider Steinway the world's finest piano. The sleek, carefully handcrafted instrument has been, literally, fine-tuned for generations. The company's owners have changed but its headquarters have remained in New York City.
They say making a Steinway Piano is like having a baby. Each takes nine months to make and no two are exactly the same.




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Posted on Friday, March 19, 2004

BBC TV Mozart Docu-Drama

Here's a quick preview of the upcoming Docu-Dramas appearing on BBC2 and BBC4 TV featuring a period presentation of some of Mozart's revolutionary works



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Posted on Saturday, March 13, 2004

Interview with Steinway Bigwigs

Here is an interesting interview conducted by www.faz.net with Henry Steinway (obviously not the Henry Steinway) where they talk about various aspects of the company including the following interesting Q&A:

Do you face serious competition in the upmarket segment?
Thomas Kurrer
: We have two major competitors in the high-quality segment: Austria's Bösendorfer and Italy's Fazioli. But both are quite a bit smaller. We sell worldwide about 3,000 grand pianos a year, Bösendorfer sells about 250 to 300 and Fazioli about 100.

I find it interesting that they don't mention Bechstein as an upmarket competitor :)

Here's a photo taken outside the Steinway factory in Hamburg (sorry, it's the best I could find:
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Internet Video Piano Lessons

Here's an interesting story about how a teacher and a pupil enjoy lessons in real time even though they are 700 miles apart. And it's all thanks to high-speed internet technology. They play duets together too.

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Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2004

Profoundly Deaf Young Pianist

Profoundly deaf since birth, Michael's parents don't really understand why he enjoys playing the piano so much. Nice story

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Posted on Monday, March 08, 2004

Interesting Steinway Auction Story

This is a nice little story about a guy winning an auction at a bargain price because his rival bidder thought she was currently winning when really, she wasn't. But there's more to it than that :)

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Baghdad Steinway Concert

The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra performed its first concert today at the Baghdad Convention Center since its new grand piano arrived last month. The piano was donated by Steinway & Sons.



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Posted on Saturday, March 06, 2004

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