Since 2015, Tunde Krasznai, a UCLA graduate and Fulbright Scholar, has directed the Prodigy Pianist music school in Germany, where she teaches classical piano to her students. In addition, Tunde Krasznai is a Steinway Artist.
Founded in 1853, Steinway and Sons is one of the leading manufacturers of pianos. Henry Engelhard Steinway built the first model in Manhattan, New York. Subsequently, he and his sons designed the instrument that is favored in concert halls today. Here are some interesting facts about Steinway pianos.
1. The first Steinway piano is now on display at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2. Out of all concertizing pianists, roughly 98 percent prefer to play on a Steinway.
3. Sergei Rachmaninoff, a celebrated Russian composer and pianist, viewed Steinways as “perfect in every way.”
4. In 1877, Ohio’s Oberlin Conservatory of Music became the first school to exclusively use Steinway pianos. Yale and Juilliard followed suit.
5. The Steinway grand piano is made up of 12,116 separate parts. The Concert Grand piano (Model D) can weigh up to 990 pounds.