Singer Songwriter Rufus Wainwright Becomes Newest Steinway Artist
Steinway & Sons, makers of the world’s finest pianos, announced today that acclaimed singer songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright has been named as a Steinway Artist. He joins a distinguished international roster of musicians including Billy Joel, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr, Lang Lang and past music greats such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The announcement coincides with the release of Wainwright’s new album, “Out of the Game”.
Says Wainwright: “I grew up playing my grandmother’s 100 year old Steinway. That instrument is still the spiritual center of our family’s musical legacy.”
Affectionately referred to by Elton John as "the greatest songwriter on the planet" and praised by The New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.
Ron Losby, President, Steinway & Sons - Americas welcomed Wainwright to this exclusive roster adding: “Rufus Wainwright is a truly iconic musician and his love of Steinway pianos goes all the way back to his childhood. He will be a wonderful addition to our family of Steinway Artists.”
About Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright has recorded seven albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He has also written a classical opera and set Shakespeare sonnets to music. The son of folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, his latest album is the Mark Ronson produced “Out of the Game” – released by Decca Records on May 1st.
About Steinway & Sons
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.
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