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…and outside Bayreuth: 2 anniversaries and spectacular events.
Schwules Museum Berlin, Music China Shanghai, Liederhalle Stuttgart – the new „PianoTime“, Steingraeber's concert program, becomes more and more international. The main
events take place in Bayreuth, though: the 15th Bayreuth Piano Festival, 30 years „ZEIT für Neue Musik“ in Bayreuth or the Wagner Festival season in the historic Steingraeber
Check with your local Steingraeber dealer to get the printed version of the new PianoTime. It also will be sent to you upon request and can be downloaded here.
Berlin Nights, the Show Sensation - from March 2017 on the Chamber Music Grand C-212 with carbon fibre soundboard will be part of 12 shows. We are glad to support this "cool" concept.
New Venue: Theater am Potsdamer Platz!
Check out two new CD recordings with Steingraeber & Söhne concert grand pianos E-272. Martin Stadtfeld played the grand piano with our promising innovations Sordino and Mozart
Rail. The artists Katsaris|Hirose released "Russian Ballet Transcriptions".
Martin Stadtfeld presents all Chopin's etudes and put his own improvisations between the titles. The CD was published in November 2016 (Sony Classical). Cyprien Katsaris invited the Japanese pianist Etsuko Hirose to shed new light on excerpts from the most famous Russian ballets arranged here for four hands and two pianos (December 2016, Piano21).
The new CD by the artists Takahshi-Lehmann presents Transcriptions of existing works and original compositions. As in former recordings, the artists used two Steingraeber & Söhne
concert grand pianos E-272.
The CD was published in September 2016 (audite). See a video here.
Another highlight at the end of this years's Wagner Festival season: musicians from San Francisco and their mentor Gordon Getty visited the Steingraeber Haus.
On the 24th of August the artists Lisa Delan, Kevin Korth, Bruce Rameker, and Matt Haimovitz (Label PENTATONE) performed in the Kammermusiksaal where the audience gave them lots of applause. Afterwards, the artists with friends and family came to a litte reception in the historic part of the Steingraeber Haus.
Steingraeber & Söhne will exhibit at the trade fair Cremona Mondomusica 30th of September until 2nd of October.
"We very much look forward to the fair where we will exhibit together with our dealer in Italy, Pianoforti Bergamini. I am sure there will be lots of visitors and interesting discussions", said
Irene Fleischmann. Steingraeber's Key-Account-Manager will be accompanied by Steingraeber's Head of Production, Alexander Kerstan. More...
On Franz Liszt's 130th day of death the hungarian piano stars Ranki-Klukon played in the church Bayreuth Schlosskirche.
Franz Liszt died on 31th of July, 1886. He was burried in Bayreuth Stadtfriedhof. 130 years later the famous piano duo Ranki-Klukon played in the Schlosskirche - right next to Liszts grave - in
honour of Liszt. They played on two Steingraeber & Söhne concert grand pianos.
Steingraeber & Söhne announces ten amazing instruments for Frankfurt – Musikmesse booth 9.0 E30
How do you connect the nineteenth century with futuristic, twenty-first century piano making? That’s the very question the piano manufacturer Steingraeber & Söhne posed for the upcoming Piano Salon at the Frankfurt Music Trade Fair. At their sixteen-metre-long booth, the family-owned company from Bayreuth provides a quick answer with a selection of five grand pianos and three upright pianos:
The entire sixth and seventh generations of our Bayreuth family of piano makers – Delia and Fanny, Udo and Alban Schmidt-Steingraeber – will be on hand in Frankfurt for the very first time. Also representing our family-owned company will be Irene Fleischmann (the new head of administration since 2015), master piano builder Alexander Kerstan (operations manager), and Wolfgang Schäffler (head technician). The news we hear from Bayreuth: Steingraeber & Söhne will continue to be “one of the best examples” of companies that continue the great European-German tradition of piano making.
In April the famous Cully Jazz Festival takes place in Switzerland. On the stage: Steingraeber grand pianos!
9 days of music, 35 concerts with costs and 80 cost-free concerts in the streets, bars and cellars of the city of Cully. Last year they counted 65.000 visitors. We thank our dealer Le Clavier in Roche VD!
In Novembre, 2015, the 4th Vilnius Piano Festival took place. For the first time the organizers trusted in the grand pianos from Bayreuth, the Steingraeber & Söhne concert grands E-272. Artists, directors and the audience, they all were very satisfied and praised the sound of the pianos. Art Director was the pianist Muza Rubackyte, who teaches Piano in France.
The French Magazine "Pianiste" published an article about the Festival. Here you can download the article in French language (pdf, 0,3 MB).
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends of Music,
The world premiere of Messiaen's famous "Quartet for the End of Time" will mark in January 2016 75 times - reason enough for a memorial concert in the Steingraeber House on Wednesday 13th of January - please see our concert program for the upcoming weeks in the attachment; we are looking forward to welcoming you again to the Steingraeber concert rooms!
One week before Christmas, my mother and Steingraeber’s long-standing shareholder was laid to rest. Despite the fact that she was nearly ninety-nine, she was there for us and for guests of Steingraeber until October 2015. Her great warmth and wonderful sense of tradition shaped the character of our home and business for over sixty years. As new shareholders, Alban and Fanny Steingraeber have been following in my mother’s footsteps since several years. Along with their father, Udo Steingraeber, they are the only shareholders in our 100% family-owned company.
Best wishes for health, happiness and all good things in 2016!
On the 7th of December, 2015, during the premier of "Bel Canto", there will be the first time for a Steingraeber & Söhne grand piano on the stage of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Thanks to the long-lasting relationship between the piano manufacturer and the artist Renée Fleming, Steingraeber and their local dealer "Grand Piano Haus" could achive this success.
The grand piano will be model A-170 with a special white finish. More...
The great pianist Cyprien Katsaris will perform in Montreux, Switzerland, on 30th of November: it will be a concert "carte blanche" which means with no program announced before. He plays in the noble atmosphere of the Grand Hotel "Fairmont Le Montreux Palace". The piano will be one of his favorites: a Steingraeber & Söhne concert grand E-272.
After the concert he will sign CDs. Organizer of this extraordinary concert is the renowned piano house LeClavier in Montreux - you can try Steingraeber's complete model range there . More...
The 8th Weimar-Bayreuth International Franz Liszt Piano Competition started and Steingraeber delivers the competition pianos.
A top-flight international jury, and thirty percent more participants from over twenty countries and five continents. On the day before the competition, the jury went deep inside the Steingraeber & Söhne workshops, where they saw the detailed work in which the Bayreuth piano manufacturer meticulously brings the instruments for the competition to life (photo left to right: piano technician Rudolf Rühr, jury members Young-Lan Han (South Korea) and Janina Fialkowska (USA/Canada/Poland), Udo Schmidt-Steingraeber, and further jury members Vadim Monastyrski (Israel) and Manana Doijashvili (Georgia). More...
Find more at www.oberstdorfer-musiksommer.de.
Piano manufacturer Steingraeber builds a replica of this historic instrument that is ready to launch in Bayreuth.
Richard Wagner had supernatural, strange sounds in mind as a leitmotif for the Temple of the Grail in his “Bühnenweihfestspiel” (Festival Play for the Consecration of the Stage), Parsifal, and he required a new instrument to produce them. He called it “Grail bells.” The motif of the Grail in the first and third acts of Parsifal originates in the deepest bass register and is designed to invoke a sacred trembling in the listener. The powerful, bell-like notes lie at almost impossible depths: C - G1 - A1 - E1. Piano manufacturer Steingraeber has now built a replica of this historic instrument, and it is ready to launch in Bayreuth. More...
During the festival week there will be a lot of concerts in Bad Reichenhall in August 2016. Steingraeber & Söhne enriches the festival sound with a lot of grand pianos.
The Sordino: a revival of an old tonality: Steingraeber & Söhne now offers a revival of an old tonality. Jura Margulis, a German-American pianist of Russian extraction, was the catalyst who inspired Steingraeber & Söhne to seize upon this late eighteenth century concept and install it in a modern D-232 grand piano. He used this sound enhancer on his new Schubert CD which will be presented by Steingraeber and Margulis at Musikmesse. The Sordino function can be released in different ways up to every each pianist, e. g. in a forth pedal, as kneelever or in the middle pedal, rendering the sostenuto pedal temporarily inoperative, as Jura Margulis designed it. Read more...
Open day 2015 at Steingraeber's: On Sunday, Novembre 8th, we opened again our doors. We showed how we produce pianos of such high quality which are played and honored worldwide. The day's final highlight was the concert by "Jungen Meisterpianisten" from the Music University Leipzig.
Piano 138 K at "Ufa-Filmnacht" in Berlin: The Ufa-Filmnacht with the Movie Orchestra Babelsberg took place in August 20th, 2015. Upright piano 138 K performed there, too. We want to thank our dealer in Berlin, Goecke und Farenholtz.
Steingraeber at Cremona trade fair, Italy: We are glad to attend Cremona Pianoforte fair (September 25th–27th, 2015) again. It would give us great pleasure to welcome you there! We exhibit together with our Italian dealer, Pianoforte Bergamini. Please find us in Hall 1, booth 31/35.
New video available: guided tour through Steingraeber House: The guided tours through Steingraeber House and the workshops are very popular. For people who want to remember their last visit or for whom are not able to visit Bayreuth, Steingraeber created a video of a guided tour.
Florida International Piano Competition Announces Steingraeber as its Official Piano: The Florida International Piano Competition (FIPC) recently announced a new partnership with Melbourne’s Atlantic Music Center to make the acclaimed Steingraeber piano the official piano of the FIPC.
Wagner Introductions next to the Festspielhaus: The pianist Hans Martin Gräbner gives in entertainig introductions an overview of the plot and the musical characteristics of Wagner's operas. Therefore he plays a Steingraeber & Söhne grand piano B-192 with carbon fibre soundboard.
Congratulations, Max Reinhardt Seminar, Vienna... for your acquisition of a new Steingraeber & Söhne upright piano 122 T! It is an honor for us. We wish you a lot of joy with your piano! More...
Pearlriver and Steingraeber increase the scope of cooperation: Steingraeber & Söhne has produced the “KD 275” concert grand from Pearlriver and a number of other models in Bayreuth for the “Kayserburg” brand since 2011. They come with German parts and exclusively target the Chinese market. Although the companies will expand production of the KD series, these instruments will continue to target the Chinese market exclusively. Both firms will fully retain their independence. Steingraeber & Söhne will remain the exclusive property of the Schmidt-Steingraeber family. In keeping with this, no parts for Steingraeber & Söhne pianos will come from China.
Jazzed About 1st Annual American Jazz Pianist Competition - Emmet Cohen wins new American Jazz Pianist Competition in Florida: News is spreading internationally about the world’s newest Jazz pianist competition. The American Jazz Pianist Competition (AJPC) finals occurred on the evening of November 2nd, 2014 in Melbourne, Florida. Ten highly talented pianists were chosen by a panel of judges to compete for a prize valued at over $10,000. Sponsors of the competition included three of the most respected piano manufacturers; Yamaha, Bösendorfer and Steingraeber. The semi-finalists, and the finalists, performed on a Steingraeber concert grand piano from Bayreuth, Germany.
Welkom! Students from the HMCollege in Amsterdam, NL, were our guests in Steingraeber Haus in February 2015. This was part of their education to become piano technicians.
Int. Piano Competition in Italy... with D-232 Sordino: In the Italian Corno Ciovine the "Concorso Pianistico Internazionale" took place June 6 and 7, 2015. A special grand piano was played: the Steingraeber grand D-232 with Sordino.
Piano workshop in Torino: The family business Bergamini invited everybody to a 2 day piano workshop in Torino, Italy, June 27-28. The seminar was called "Pianofuturo - innovazione e didattica". The pianists Massimiliano Génot, Jura Margulis and Roberto Cappello presented especially the Steingraeber grand D-232 with Sordino. More...
Parsifal bells from 1927 restored: In summer 2013, the Bayreuth piano manufacturer Steingraeber & Söhne restored the historic 1927 Parsifal bells. The bells are part of an original, grand-piano-like instrument from the Bayreuth Festival. More...
New video: Steingraeber News at Musikmesse Frankfurt: Steingraeber's innovations "Mozart Rail®", "Sordino®" and the honeycomb lid were presented at Musikmesse. The pianists Ratko Delorko and Jura Margulis explain these innovations by Steingraeber. More...
Aircraft in grand piano: Steingraeber again proved his innovative power! The piano manufacturers presented a Semi Concert Grand D-232 with the World’s lightest concert grand lid at Musikmesse trade fair 2014. Aircraft material leads to a reduction of weight (recently 50% less) and thus enhances the lid’s ability to swing. More...
Musicora Paris 2015: The music fair "Musicora" in Paris invited music lovers February 6-8. Steingraeber & Söhne exhibted in the booth of Pianos Nebout-Hamm. Sordino was in the focus of the concert on Sunday afternoon, when Jura Margulis presents this revival of an old tonality in the Auditorium "Boris Vian". More...
Zeit für Neue Musik 2015: Vom 12. bis 22. März erwartete die Besucher ein abwechslungsreiches und spannendes Programm in mehreren Locations. Neu in diesem Jahr war auch die Klaviernacht: Bis Mitternacht nahmen 3 Künstler das Publikum mit in völlig unterschiedliche pianistische Erlebnissphären. Mehr...
Exhibition "Golden Sounds in the Mystical Ground - Musical Instruments for Richard Wagner": From July 2014 to the beginning of 2015 Steingraeber together with Musikinstrumentenmuseum University Leipzig showed this great exhibition. More... Please read here the greeting words (German only) by Mrs. Eva Wagner-Pasquier, Head of the Bayreuth Richard Wagner Festival.
Great Concert in Paris: Ludmila Berlinkskaia and Arthur Ancelle played at Salle Cortot, November 12th. Thanks to our dealer Pianos Nebout.
New Steingraeber dealer in Düsseldorf, Germany: congrats to Mr. Michael Thron who opend the store "Pianovum" June 14th, 2014.
Steingraeber with 9 pianos at the festival "Festwoche Alpenklassik 2014": The Festival in Bad Reichenhall (in the south of Germany), August 23rd-30th, offered numerous concerts.
"Wenn drei aufeinander hören": Great concert at Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. Article in the newspaper "Badische Neueste Nachrichten" published.
Steingraeber in the Mendelssohn-Remise Berlin: "Klassik um Eins" was the name of a concert series by Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ in cooperation with Mendelssohn-Gesellschaft e.V. The Steingraeber & Söhne grand piano C-212 was played.
"Mozart Pedal" with Pianissimo effect: World uniqueness: „Una Corda“ and „Half Blow“ in just 1 pedal.
Steingraeber at MTNA National Conference: Steingraeber & Söhne pianos exhibited at 2014th National Conference of the Music Teacher National Association in Chicago, IL. This national conference brought in around 2,000 independent and college faculty music teachers, music students and family members from across the USA.
Way Beyond Wagner: New Schedule is ready with 116 events at Steingraeber
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a Steingraeber E-272
Steingraeber deepens cooperation with China - Steingraeber & Söhne to sign a cooperatgion agreement with Pearl River in Beijing
Management Rejuvenates at Steingraeber Factory - The torch passes from Wolfgang Schäffler to Alexander Kerstan
Music Fair Frankfurt 2012 - The New Salon Grand is Actually a Chamber Music Grand
WAGNER Music Fair Frankfurt 2012 - Steingraeber and the BMTG bring Richard Wagner to the MusikmesseWrapping Up a Successful Decade - The Bayreuth Piano Maker Steingraeber & Söhne is pleased with 2011