Taking Tradition Into The Future With Steinway
In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the invention of the piano, Steinway & Sons and internationally acclaimed furniture designer, Dakota Jackson, have created the Tricentennial Art Case piano. The introduction of this limited-edition piano marks the first time since the early 20th century that a 6-foot-2-inch (188 cm) Model A grand piano has been offered by Steinway in the Americas. In addition, the Tricentennial is the first limited-edition piano to be jointly created at Steinway & Sons' factories in New York and in Hamburg, Germany. In order to reflect Steinway pianos' international appeal, this particular piano combines the expertise and craftsmanship of both Steinway factories. Fittingly, only 300 of these commemorative pianos will be produced.
The challenge of creating this new art case design, says Steinway Executive Vice President Frank Mazurco, was that the "piano had to embody Steinway's 147-year tradition of creating each piano by hand, but the design also had to be a celebration of this fabulous instrument and how it changed the world of music." As a renowned designer, a pianist, and an aficionado of Steinways, Dakota Jackson was a natural choice to design the Tricentennial. "To me," Jackson says, "Steinway is synonymous with Piano. I wouldn't consider designing a piano for any other company."