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 piano, consisting of more than 12,000 individual parts, has its own musical character and is as unique as the individual who plays it.
“I love knowing that something I created will still be making music long after I am gone.”
Steinway Artisan, 36 Years
Pure artistic expression has the power to touch, move and transform, and the Steinway piano exists to remove all barriers between the listener and the pure, uncompromised expression of the artist.
“Incredible, what this piano can do! To sit and hear myself — without playing. The contrast is amazing; it’s a real performance.”
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 pianos one at a time, applying skills that have been handed down from master to apprentice, generation after generation, ever since. The Steinway piano 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.
Dear Mr. Steinway, I am very happy to have the opportunity of using your pianos for my concerts. I consider them to be perfect in every way. Faithfully yours,
To call a genuine grand or upright piano 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 piano intimately connects artist and listener, and invites its owner to join a tradition of musical perfection, making it an invaluable investment.