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Hamburg Steinway Piano
Renowned German pianist Matthias
Kirschnereit plays a Steinway in
the Hamburg factory.
THE HAMBURG STEINWAY PIANO
THE GIFT OF PETER LIVINGSTON & SHARON STARK
IN MEMORY OF MAGDALENA FRIEDMAN

PIANIST CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR ON THE GIFT
"Having performed on the Symphony's Hamburg Steinway a couple of times now, I can attest to the instrument's outstanding qualities; its combination of warmth and brilliance gives the pianist a really marvelous opportunity to communicate every musical subtlety out to the furthest rows of a large hall. The Symphony is fortunate indeed to be the recipient of such an appropriate and valuable gift."
- Christopher Taylor

THE MSO'S CONCERT GRAND
The MSO's magnificent Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano is used for performances in Overture Hall. The instrument was a gift to the MSO from Peter Livingston and Sharon Stark in memory of Peter's mother, Magdalena Friedman. Music Director John DeMain, his wife Barbara and the donors traveled to Hamburg, Germany, in March 2004 to select the new piano.

STEINWAY & SONS
For 150 years, Steinway & Sons has been dedicated to the ideal of making the finest pianos in the world. And the Hamburg Steinway is considered the pinnacle of the company's artistic creativity, an unsurpassed medium between composer, performer and audience. The instrument is handcrafted entirely from hard rock maple, poplar, walnut and birch with a hand-rubbed lacquer finish. View technical specifications. (PDF)

THE SELECTION PROCESS
During the March 2004 trip to the Steinway factory in Hamburg, Germany, renowned German pianist Matthias Kirschnereit assisted DeMain in selecting the perfect instrument. Piano contributors Peter Livingston and Sharon Stark, as well as Barbara DeMain, accompanied Maestro DeMain on the trip.



Inside the instrument: The "D" signifies it is a genuine
Hamburg Model D Steinway.
Putting it together: A Hamburg Steinway is
completely hand-crafted using poplar,
birch and walnut.

The winner: The MSO's hand-selected
Hamburg Steinway.

Sign-off: Pianist Matthias Kirschnereit
autographs the MSO's instrument.