Steinway & Sons
Steinway & Sons is the official piano of the Olga Kern International Piano Competition.
Steinway is dedicated to making the finest pianos in the world. Founded in 1853 by Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft, Henry and his sons developed the modern piano. They built their pianos one at a time, applying skills that were handed down from master to apprentice, generation after generation. The result is instruments renowned for their unsurpassed quality. Pianos with such superior sound and responsive touch that they enchant the most demanding pianists.
About Steinway & Sons
Master to apprentice, generation after generation, every Steinway is built with experience decades in the making — by artisans who take pride and time to humanize a piano still made by hand, who strive for and achieve continuous innovation and improvement. Every Steinway & Sons grand and upright is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and a consummate work of art. Each Steinway, consisting of more than 12,000 individual parts, has its own musical character and is as unique as the individual who plays it.
Pure artistic expression has the power to touch, move and transform, and the Steinway exists to remove all barriers between the listener and the pure, uncompromised expression of the artist.
The very first Steinway & Sons patent was granted in 1857, and since that time the company has been granted more than 125 additional patents, positioning the Steinway as the piano by which all others are judged.
STEINWAY IN HISTORY
Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft on Varick Street. Over the next thirty years, Henry and his sons developed the modern piano. They built their instruments one at a time, applying skills that have been handed down from master to apprentice, generation after generation, ever since. The Steinway became the choice for ninety-eight percent of concertizing artists, none of whom are compensated to endorse the instrument. The Steinway earned a reputation as an investment for the owner in the legacy of future generations.
To call a genuine grand or upright of Steinway & Sons one’s own is an overwhelming feeling. Far more than just an exquisite instrument, it is an instrument of the highest expression and creativity. A Steinway intimately connects artist and listener, and invites its owner to join a tradition of musical perfection, making it an invaluable investment.
“‘Incredible, what this piano can do! To sit and hear myself — without playing. The contrast is amazing; it’s a real performance.”
OLGA KERN, STEINWAY ARTIST