Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that you can take a difficult passage, work on it for a bit, get it sounding pretty good, but return to the practice room the next day to discover that you’re back at square 1? That nothing has really changed? And despite how good it sounded yesterday, now it sounds just as bad as it did before you worked on it?
From Classic to Modern and the launch of Opus 50,000
Bösendorfer Vienna held a special concert to commemorate their 185th birthday on Tuesday, 22nd October 2013. Performers included Paul Badura-Skoda, Valentina Lisitsa, Jan Jiracek von Arnim, Maria Mazo, Carlo Grante, Janoska Ensemble, Marialy Pacheco, Daniel Serafin.
This was also be the official release of their 50,000th special edition model piano, which evokes the interior of the Musikverein, Vienna’s historic concert hall. Like the hall, the instrument is bedecked with gold leaf and caryatids – although the final effect is softly neo-classical, in stark contrast to the recent Bechstein ‘golden grand’ . The piano is a 225 model that sports four extra keys in the bass to contra F. On average a Bösendorfer takes a year to make and special models can take considerably longer. So ‘Opus No 50.000’ did not exactly roll off the production line. (In fact, Mr Kemble revealed that it was only just completed in time for the launch).
A piano is not just a musical instrument but also a piece of furniture that becomes the focal point of the room.
A piano naturally becomes the focal point of the room in which it is placed. The Steinway & Sons Model O piano, retailing up to $80,000, is often called the “Living Room Grand” because its 5-foot 10 3/4-inch length fits most rooms.
A piano hits all the right notes in the homes of those who have musicality in mind. But, being a proficient piano player isn’t a prerequisite to having a music room, which can bring a note of sophistication to your house.
Not only can a piano be a key furnishing, it also becomes the focal point of the room in which it is placed, says Robert Berger, spokesman for Steinway & Sons in New York City.
My sister just added a beautiful black upright piano to her home. It has turned her place into a musical hot spot for family and friends and has me thinking about getting one. But where would I put it, and how do I design a room with it?
If you have a new or used piano or are pondering the idea, here are some tips on finding a stylish place where your piano sounds and looks great.
Steinway Musical Instruments Inc was founded in 1853 in a loft on Manhattan’s lower west side. It is most famous for Steinway & Sons pianos, but today its products include Bach Stradivarius trumpets, Selmer Paris saxophones, C.G. Conn French horns, Leblanc clarinets, King trombones, and Ludwig snare drums.
Steinway announced on Monday July 1st that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Kohlberg & Company, a global private equity investment firm, in a transaction valued at approximately $438 million. Upon the completion of the transaction, the Company will become a privately held company.
Under the terms of the agreement, an affiliate of Kohlberg will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock for $35.00 per share in cash, representing a premium of 33%. The board of directors of the Company unanimously recommends that the Company’s stockholders tender their shares in the tender offer.
“Kohlberg’s long history of collaboration to grow and expand some of the world’s leading consumer brands makes us an ideal partner for Steinway to accelerate its global expansion, while ensuring the artisanal manufacturing processes that make the company’s products unique are preserved, celebrated and treasured,” Kohlberg partner Christopher Anderson said.
Shares of Steinway Musical Instruments Inc. jumped $4.62, or 15 percent, to $35.05 in morning trading. Shares this year have risen close to 70 percent.
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When it comes to incorporating a beautiful piano into the home, designers say clients have one of two goals in mind: dramatic, aesthetic effect or maximum sound presentation. Many piano owners, of course, want to achieve both.
Southern Highlands businessman Ted Springett was well known not only for his business ventures and love of community, but also his passion for music.
A long-time friend of Theme & Variations Piano Services, it was always Ted’s dream to own a magnificent piano from the stunning collection of Steinway & Sons grand pianos, and for him this became a reality many years ago when he purchased his first Steinway & Sons piano, a model B-211. In 2008, Ted took the opportunity to upgrade to a full model D-274 concert grand piano after it was first used in the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition.
You don’t have to go far to learn just how much of an impact Ted Springett and his family have had on the Bowral community and its surrounds. Simply typing Ted’s name into a Google search will reveal page after page testifying to Ted’s community spirit and his ongoing efforts to give back to the community through the establishment of the Springett Foundation, donation of property to various community ventures and much more.
Aged 92, Ted Springett passed away at the end of 2012, and it is his family’s wish that his beloved Steinway piano be made available to somebody who can truly appreciate and love the instrument.
If you would like to make an appointment to view and play the piano, please contact Theme & Variations Willoughby showroom on (02) 9958 9888 or email email@example.com