Steinway & Sons has created eight limited edition pianos, in collaboration with Hamburg’s Herzog & de Meuron-designed concert hall the Elbphilharmonie, that channel the building’s sinuous glass silhouette (resembling a hoisted sail) and interior.
The pianos feature a wave-shaped music stand in either black lacquer or oak and are finished with a pixelated design on the underside of the lid in homage to the Elbphilharmonie’s façade, which is dotted with circular windows. The piano bench, meanwhile, is upholstered in the same fabric that covers the seating at the concert hall. As a pièce de résistance, five of the pianos are also fitted with Spirio, which plays pieces by the likes of Bach and Billy Joel that, according to Steinway, are almost indistinguishable from a live set.
Each of the instruments (€135,000 without Spirio; €159,000 with) has been assigned a contemporary pianist “godparent” – including Japanese-born Grammy Award-winning artist Mitsuko Uchida and 23-year-old Canadian talent Jan Lisiecki – and buyers will have the opportunity to meet their godparent and receive tickets for a performance in the Elbphilharmonie. In addition, for every piano sold, €20,000 will be donated to Stiftung Elbphilharmonie, a foundation that organises music education programmes for children, teenagers and families.