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The Longwood Steinway Grand Piano was purchased by Pierre du Pont from Steinway and Sons in 1923. Du Pont was an amateur pianist and had a great love of music and all the performing arts. He wanted the world‘s most finely crafted instrument that he, his family, friends and visiting artists could use to play music with the highest quality sound.
The Longwood Steinway was a nine-foot, leaf-figured concert grand, manufactured by Steinway and Sons in Queens, New York. The rare walnut patterned veneer was specially ordered to match the wood paneling in Longwood’s Music Room. Du Pont enjoyed the piano so much that he ordered another one in 1929.
The Longwood Grand Piano has been used in dinner dances and played by world-class jazz and classical musicians.
During its long history, the Longwood Steinway Grand Piano has been played by Pierre du Pont, his family and friends; it has been used for formal balls and dinner dances and accompanied voice and choir recitals. Of note, most recent musicians have included gifted young pianists from the Curtis Institute of Music, world-renowned jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Haochen Zhang, and Russian pianist Olga Kern.
Pierre du Pont collected many superb pianos and organs in his lifetime. Du Pont’s fascination with keyboard instruments led him to purchase and commission some of the finest pianos and organs ever built. His collection included a world-renowned 10,010 pipe organ that can recreate all the sounds in an orchestra and two 9-foot Steinway grand pianos, including the Astor Piano, one of the oldest pianos in the United States.
We are proud to feature some of the world's finest pianists on The Longwood Steinway Grand Piano. Hear the piano in all its splendor with upcoming piano performances in our 2011-2012 Performing Arts Season.
You can also hear the sounds of The Longwood Steinway Grand Piano courtesy of our Live-Performance LX Player, a state-of-the-art technology that turns recorded music into live performances. Visit the Automatic Piano Player page for times.
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A team of Longwood Volunteers gathers horticultural highlights from the Outdoor Gardens and Conservatory. Download a pdf of their top picks for the week, including photos and locations.
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Journey to the wild, remote flood plains of South America and to the great gardens of Europe and North America to discover Victoria, the waterlily queen.
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Stand before towering fountains, wander shady groves, see fireworks light up the night sky, and enjoy concerts in the most beautiful outdoor settings.
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