From master to pupil, from generation to generation – each STEINWAY is made with decades of experience by passionate craftsmen who lovingly put the instrument together and breathe soul into it, incorporating their uncompromising expertise. With over 135 patents, STEINWAY is considered a pioneer of modern piano manufacturing.
Time is valued highly at Steinway & Sons: the wood used must first be left to dry and mature over an average of two years until it can be optimally worked, followed by almost another year until the Steinway is allowed to leave the workshop. Every grand and upright piano made by STEINWAY & SONS is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and an artwork in itself. Each STEINWAY has its own musical character, making it as unique as the person playing it.
Since its first patent in 1857, STEINWAY & SONS has registered almost 140 additional patents, making STEINWAY the reference 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 technology to pave the way for the sophisticated enjoyment of the music of tomorrow.
The latest STEINWAY development, STEINWAY SPIRIO, is a self-playing grand piano with such outstanding quality that the entire world is now talking about it. Resulting from a combination of craftsmanship, mechanics and technology, this work of art makes great pianists play on your grand piano invisibly. An incomparable musical experience that could be mistaken for a live performance. And the best part? With the motto “play it yourself or have it play for you,” you get to decide whether it is you or a world-famous artist that tinkles the ivories!
Success needs courage – and passion. Both of these qualities were demonstrated by HENRY E. STEINWAY, the company founder. Born in 1797 in Wolfshagen, situated in the Harz Mountains of North Germany, Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg built his first stringed instruments at the tender age of 20. In 1825, just eight years later, he established his own workshop in Seesen. However, as it was only permitted to repair instruments there, he secretly produced his first grand piano in the kitchen of his house in 1836.
Known as the “kitchen piano,” this piano incorporated many pioneering developments for building grand pianos – such as the construction of a soundboard bridge made from a single piece of wood. The completion of this grand piano was without doubt one of the most significant moments of Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg’s life. After all, it was the first time he acted upon his vision of building the best piano possible, laying the foundation for his later renown.