There are approximately two dozen piano manufacturers that make a concert grand piano. Yet last concert season (2011–12), 97% of piano soloists performing with major symphonies did so on a Steinway & Sons piano. Because of the consistent quality of Steinway pianos, the world's finest pianists have come to expect the world's finest piano when they take the stage.
Steinway & Sons reaches out to the major symphonies of the world at the conclusion of each concert season in order to gauge how we are doing and to ensure that we can continue to make our claim that "9 out of 10 concert pianists" perform on Steinway pianos. Over the past decade, year in, year out, Steinway pianos have never accounted for less than 95% of the performances reported to us in any given year. As with our pianos, however, we never take anything for granted and always look to continuously improve and do even better next year.