From master to pupil, from generation to generation – every Steinway is made with decades’ worth of experience by passionate craftsmen and craftswomen who put the instrument together manually and breathe soul into it while continually incorporating new innovations and improvements. With over 125 patents, Steinway is considered a pioneer of modern piano manufacturing.
Time is valued highly when manufacturing a piano: the wood used must first be left to dry and mature over an average of two years until it can be used optimally, and afterwards almost another entire year is needed until the final Steinway is completed. Every grand and upright piano made by Steinway & Sons is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and an artwork in itself. Each Steinway consists of more than 12,000 individual pieces and possesses its own musical character, making it as unique as the person playing it.
“I love knowing that something I created will still be making music long after I am gone.”
STEINWAY ARTISAN, 36 YEARS
Steinway in the future
Since its first patent in 1857, Steinway & Sons has registered more than 125 additional patents, progressively making Steinway the standard for all grand and upright pianos worldwide. Steinway has made an impression on more than music history too. The company combines traditional craftsmanship with pioneering technologies to pave the way for the sophisticated enjoyment of music in the future.
The latest Steinway development, Steinway & Sons Spirio, is a self-playing grand piano with such outstanding quality that the entire world is now talking about it. This piece of art, resulting from the combination of craftsmanship, mechanics and technology, makes great pianists play on your grand piano invisibly. An incomparable musical experience that could be mistaken for a live performance.
“It is unbelievable what this piano can do. To sit there and listen to myself – without even playing. The contrast is uncanny, it is a true performance.“
Steinway back then
Success needs courage – and passion. Both of these qualities were demonstrated by Henry E. Steinway, the company founder. Born in 1797 with the name Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg in Wolfshagen, situated in the Harz Mountains of today’s North Germany, he built his first string instruments at the young age of 20. In 1825, just five years later, he established his own workshop in Seesen. However, since it was only permitted to repair instruments there, he secretly produced his first grand piano in the kitchen of his house in 1836.
This instrument, which became known as the “kitchen piano,” incorporated many pioneering developments for building grand pianos – such as the construction of a soundboard bridge made from a single piece of wood. For Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, the completion of this grand piano was without doubt one of the most significant moments of his life. After all, it was the first time he acted on his vision to build the best piano possible, laying the foundation for his later fame.
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,