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 percent 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 distinguished 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.
Browse our list of talented local Steinway artists below.