In China, the Central Conservatory of Music, School of Piano located in Beijing has become an all-Steinway institution. Steinway enjoys this exclusivity with an illustrious list of all-Steinway schools. The China conservatory already has 127 of the historic brand of grand pianos plus 41 Boston grand pianos designed by Steinway & Sons. The deal includes all the accessories by the piano company and practice facilities.
Vice President of Steinway & Sons Hamburg, Werner Husmann, presented Wang Cizhao, president of the Central Conservatory of Music, with a commemorative plaque in front of students and faculty to witness this historic moment for the school on October 25 of 2010. The all-Steinway designation ceremony was run in conjunction with the school’s 70th anniversary celebration.
Thomas Kurrer, President of Steinway & Sons Worldwide announced the institution’s pride at partnering with the distinguished school, as the school honors the historic company by using it’s products exclusively.
Conservatory Produces Two Prodigies at Same Time
Cizhao remarked about how it is the conservatory’s responsibility to offer their students reliable instruments for them to learn and faculty to teach with, ensuring the students an education at the highest possible standard. “It is a great honor that our School of Piano has become an all-Steinway School.”
World renowned alumni Lang Lang and Yuja Wang share an education at another all-Steinway school, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA. The Curtis Institute has used exclusively Steinway instruments since it’s opening in 1924. The two famous musicians studied with artist Gary Graffman while at the Pennsylvania institution.
Wang was just 6 when she started playing piano, and was at conservatory by the time she turned 7. When she was attending the Curtis Instititute she was only 15 years old, and Lang Lang at the time was 20. Lang Lang is the first Chinese musician to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and many of the top American orchestras; all of them sold out.