On Monday, May 9th, I had the pleasure to be invited as a Steinway artist to tour the factory in Long Island City and then perform a half hour recital in one of the large manufacturing rooms (on a beautiful new concert ‘D’ grand piano) for 450 employees. After the tour, I realized that it does indeed take many people to create this ‘instrument of the immortals’. Each room has a different purpose, smell, and temperature according to the task. The wood vaults contain woods from all over the world, the bending machines to shape the instruments, the small parts that are individually put together, stringing the harps, etc. The realization of every person’s part for every minute detail that goes into making the instruments enhanced my view of the finished product. We rarely have the opportunity to see these people at work, and they rarely have the opportunity to witness the fruits of their labors in concert. The event was enlightening for all of us. If you are ever in the New York area, I would suggest a phone call to Steinway inquiring to take a tour of the factory. It’s absolutely fascinating.

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