When it comes pianos, no one can craft them better than Steinway & Sons. In proving so yet again, the American-German marquee recently introduced an all-new series of limited edition instruments, each inspired by Hamburg’s new cultural center and iconic architectural wonder: The Elbphilharmonie.
Christened as the Steinway & Sons Elbphilharmonie Limited Edition, the series pays an ode to the unique nature and structure of the new building while still retaining the fabulous craftsmanship that is expected from a Steinway. The luxe creations ape the building’s silhouette in the music stand that is made available either in a black gloss finish and in oak. They also incorporate a unique interpretation of the Elbphilharmonie’s awe-inspiring external façade (made from 1100 glass panels) on the inside of the lid in the form of an airbrushed depiction by artist Thorsten Boehm. Other unique features include the piano’s bench that is upholstered using the same material as seen in the seats of the Grand Hall and the noted SPIRO system that comes fitted in five pieces from the collection.
Each of eight Pianos in the limited edition Elbphilharmonie series is sponsored by eight professional pianists (Lucas & Arthur Jussen, Igor Levit, Jan Lisiecki, Brad Mehldau, Daniil Trifonov, Mitsuko Uchida, Anna Vinnitskaya and Yuja Wang) who will also serve as the instrument’s ‘Godparents ‘. Steinway will further donate €20,000 of each sale price to Stiftung Elbphilharmonie, a charitable foundation that promotes musical education programs across the globe. Now that’s some way to make music magical!