Concert & Artist Services
Whether a Steinway piano is destined for the concert stage or your living room, each Steinway is built to one, and only one quality standard.
In the basement of Steinway Hall is the famous "piano bank": an exclusive inventory of Steinway concert grand pianos, maintained for the use of performing artists. More than 98% of today's concert pianists expressly choose Steinway for all of their performances. The rewards are the unrivaled sound and responsiveness that enable each artist to express every emotion.
Each handmade Steinway piano has its own distinct personality and "soul", a quality of supreme importance to concert artists. Since 1925, these gifted pianists have come to the piano bank to select the perfect Steinway piano for upcoming performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and other performing arts venues.
The Steinway Artists
Today, more than 90 percent of the world's active concert pianists - over 1,500 artists - bear the title "Steinway Artist". Each owns a Steinway. All choose to perform on Steinway pianos exclusively. Importantly, none are paid to do so; their only inducement is the unrivaled sound and responsiveness of their Steinway pianos.
In North America, artists select their Steinway for concert performances from the company's unique "piano bank," an inventory of more than 300 pianos valued at over $15 million and are maintained to concert standards by an exclusive network of Steinway dealers. The famed "basement" of New York's Steinway Hall, at 109 West 57th Street in New York City, is the bank's home office. Piano banks are maintained at Steinway dealerships in cities throughout the country to serve performing artists. In all other countries, major concert venues in each town own Steinway & Sons instruments which the artist can use.
Local Steinway Artists Include:
For a complete list of all Steinway Artists click here.
Steinway Artist Quotes
Below are quotes from selected Steinway Artists. Read for yourself what some of the world's greatest artists say about what makes a Steinway & Sons piano their instrument of choice.
"Sometimes a Steinway plays better than the pianist, and it is then a marvelous surprise."
"Steinway is the only piano on which the pianist can do everything he wants. And everything he dreams."
"When one plays a Steinway, there is a warmth and nobility in the sound that is unequalled by any other instrument."
"I want to make music. That means I prefer the Steinway piano."
"The Steinway piano is the most harmonious implement for musical intention. It completes what is beautiful and artistic."
"A Pianist without a Steinway, for me, is the same as a singer without a voice."
"The Steinway piano - with its beauty and power - is the perfect medium for expressing the performer's art, drama and poetry."
"With a tone so rich, I would never be afraid of the dark. Steinway is the only and the best!"
Harry Connick, Jr.
"I have looked to the Steinway piano since I was three, not only as my ideal choice of an instrument. But, as a responsive and ever reliable friend."
"I have long admired Steinway pianos for their qualities of tone, clarity, pitch consistency, touch responsiveness, and superior craftsmanship."
"I wish to thank Steinway for its wonderful pianos which I've been privileged to play in all my concerts. There is no piano like it in the world."
"It is a privilege and an honor to perform on Steinway pianos."
"I insist on a Steinway for my recordings, my concerts and my home. It is the only piano I want to hear my music played on."
"The Steinway pianos of today are the finest I have ever played."
"I choose to play the Steinway because of its wonderful clarity, tonal diversity and the wide dynamic range that it enables me to achieve."
"I have owned and played a Steinway all my life. It's the best Beethoven piano. The best Chopin piano. And the best Ray Charles piano. I like it, too."
"The more I hear its nuances of sounds, the more I realize the wealth of colors only a Steinway piano can produce."
"I choose the Steinway piano because of its rich depth of tone, gigantic range of timbres, and the unique individuality of each instrument."
"The Steinway is ideal for expressiveness, subtle tone coloring and projections of sound."
"Steinway is the finest piano ever made. Its tone is magnificent and its well-balanced action superb."
"Only my loyal Steinway piano endures. Be it beaten or caressed, its gorgeous tone remains."
"My friendship with the Steinway piano is one of the most important and beautiful things in my life."