Johann Baptist Streicher (1796 - 1871)

In 1831, Johann Baptist Streicher (3 January 1796 in Vienna – 28 March 1871 in Vienna) – son of Nannette and Andreas Streicher, designed and patented a piano action that was neither „Viennese” nor „English”. The piano action shared features of both types. Thirty years later Streicher  did experiments using latest advances coming from America. This resulted in the construction of an over-stung piano with a one-piece cast-iron frame modelled on a Steinway. The piano was exhibited in London in 1862 and won a gold medal at the Paris Exhibition in 1867.

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Every pianist has his favorite piano brand. Ludwig van Beethoven especially valued pianos from Streicher's workshop, Fryderyk Chopin loved pianos by Camille Pleyel, Franz Liszt promoted Bösendorfer's instruments, and Claude Debussy said that "piano music should be written only for C. Bechstein".
We recently remembered the 55th anniversary of the memorable recital of Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall (May 9, 1965), with which the artist returned to the stage after 12 years of absence. What piano did he play then?

Steinway & Sons Spirio

In the current situation, concerts with the participation of virtual audiences have become commonplace. Almost every day, we can watch live streams provided by musician on social media. Many creative initiatives are made using the latest technologies.
In this context, we would like to mention the innovative instrument of the most famous piano manufacturer in the world, which is Steinway & Sons. In 2015, the company announced the debut of the Steinway & Sons Spirio piano. This self-playing instrument combines the centuries-old tradition of piano makers with the latest technological achievements of the 21st century.

What is the Steinway Spirio's self-playing mechanism?

Pleyel Golden Piano

Do you know that the Pleyel golden piano was produced in only 3 copies: one is still owned by the English queen, the other can be admired in the Pleyel salon in Paris, the third is in the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest.

Nannette Streicher (1769-1833)

Nannette Streicher née Stein (1769-1833) was the daughter of the piano maker Johann Andreas Stein, and was known as a prodigy of the keyboard. In 1794 she married Andreas Streicher (1761-1833), a piano teacher, composer and performer. Streicher joined Nannette and her brother in the business as it moved to Vienna, but in 1802, the couple started their own business. The Streichers were close friends of Beethoven and he suggested several improvements to their pianos.