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The History of Steinway Pianos

Aug. 19, 2016

Bryan Elmore, who serves as an institutional director for Steinway Hall of Dallas/Fort Worth/Plano, will speak on the history of Steinway pianos in a guest lecture on Thursday, August 25, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall.

“The Steinway Saga: The Rest of the Story” will cover the entire breadth of Steinway’s history, from the family’s emigration to America, to the conversion of their factory during World War II for wartime support, to their most recent innovative designs.

Mr. Elmore’s talk will explore what makes Steinway & Sons the greatest piano maker in the world. “Over several years of research and travels to New York and Germany,” he says, “I have discovered many treasures about Henry E. Steinway and his unique family. I stand in awe of the Steinways’ uncompromised pursuit of their goal to build the best piano possible.”

Steinway & Sons was founded in New York City on March 5, 1853. For over 160 years, they have blazed the trail for excellence in piano manufacturing. Last concert season, 97 percent of piano soloists performing with major symphony orchestras did so on a Steinway piano. How did this happen? Who were the Steinways? From where and how, when, and why did they come to America? Through a PowerPoint and video, Bryan Elmore will consider not only the history of the piano, but also how this family worked to grow the company to what it is today: how German immigrants became an American success story.

This lecture is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.