Legendary Horowitz Piano Continues its North American Tour

Long Island City, NY (July 23, 2012) – The legendary Steinway & Sons Model D Horowitz Piano continues its tour of North America with upcoming stops in New York, California, Oregon, Washington and Canada. The stunning piano—a nine-foot grand and one of Steinway’s most revered designs—was most recently showcased at Steinway Piano Gallery Pittsburgh; it was moved this past weekend to its next destination, Buffalo, New York. The tour provides a rare opportunity for the public to see, hear, touch and even play CD 503, which is the fabled piano that accompanied classical titan Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) on tour. It was known to be one of Horowitz’s favorite instruments. 

Steinway Artist Vladimir Horowitz

Horowitz, a Steinway Artist Immortal, is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. His colorful personality and astounding performances enthralled audiences for decades. Early in 1934, as a wedding present, Steinway & Sons presented Horowitz and his wife Wanda with a Steinway Model D, Serial #279503. In the early 1940’s, this piano was replaced with #314503, now known simply as CD 503. This is the piano Horowitz kept in his New York townhouse. He used it in many recitals and recordings in the 70’s and 80’s, and he famously demanded that the piano be his exclusive touring instrument during the last four years of his life, including for his triumphant return to the former Soviet Union for performances in Moscow and Leningrad in 1986. 

The remaining stops on the Steinway & Sons Horowitz Piano Tour are:

While each location will offer viewing and listening opportunities for CD 503, some will also offer appointment-only playing access to piano students and teachers. In addition, famed Steinway technician and author Franz Mohr will make special appearances at select locations. Check with your local Steinway & Sons dealership prior to the event for specifics. 

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