June 17, 2015

The Fibonacci ~ Steinway & Sons 600,000th Piano

Have you ever seen anything more beautiful in your life?  

Music history was made today with the press release announcing the Fibonacci, the 600,000th piano created by the Steinway & Sons piano manufacturer.

Designed by Frank Pollaro, The Fibonacci, veneer features the iconic Fibonacci spiral made entirely from six individual logs of Macassar Ebony, creating a fluid design that represents the geometric harmony found in nature. The lines of The Fibonacci spiral on the top of the piano’s lid are projected down to its unique curved base. Synthetic ivory inlay adds a breathtaking effect to the design, which also features unique patinated bronze details. In the end, over 6,000 hours of work over a four-year period were devoted to the creation of The Fibonacci, from design to finish.  

The design of the piano is based on the the sequence of Fibonacci numbers introduced to Europe by Leonardo Bonacci (c. 1170 – c. 1250)—known as Fibonacci (Italian: [fiboˈnattʃi]). Bonacci was an Italian mathematician, considered to be "the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages". He popularized the Hindu–Arabic numeral system to the Western World primarily through his composition in 1202 of Liber Abaci (Book of Calculation).  

According to Pollaro, "Designing Steinway & Sons’ 600,000th piano was an honor and a challenge. To me, knowing that this piano would become part of history meant that it had to be more than just a beautiful design, but also needed to visually convey a deeper message." Pollaro added, "As I considered the number 600,000, the Fibonacci spiral came to mind. The way in which it continues to grow but stay true to its form is very much like Steinway & Sons over these many years. Combining the universal languages of music and mathematics suddenly made perfect sense." 

In April The Fibonacci was previewed during a special VIP reception at Steinway & Sons’ new showroom in Beverly Hills, where the internationally celebrated Steinway Artist, Lang Lang, had the honor of being the first artist to perform on the piano.

Lang Lang

This June The Fibonacci will travel to the United Kingdom, where it will be showcased at the 2015 Masterpiece London art fair.

The Fibonacci is a Steinway & Sons Model D piano, nine foot concert grand, priced at $2.4 million. In addition to the original 600,000th version, Steinway & Sons will create up to six exclusive, limited edition Model B pianos (6’10.5") inspired by the same design.

The tone of the piano is breath-taking! There is a VERY short video, Keilani plays the Fibonacci piano, on YouTube (link below).   

Since its founding in New York in 1853, Steinway & Sons has been considered the world's premier piano manufacturer. Known for their exceptional craftsmanship, Steinway & Sons pianos are built in one of two company-owned and operated factories: Astoria, New York and Hamburg, Germany. Steinway & Sons pianos are still constructed primarily by hand, using many of the techniques developed over 160 years ago.

Today, Steinway & Sons also offers the Boston and Essex piano lines, Listen, a magazine for music and culture lovers, and the Steinway & Sons record label. For more information, visit www.steinway.com.

Net links: 
Steinway & Sons press release
Yahoo news release   

Styrous® ~ Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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