Steinway & Sons Welcomes Grammy-Winning Jazz Pianist Robert Glasper To Family Of Steinway Artists

Steinway & Sons, maker of the world’s finest pianos, announced today that two-time GRAMMY Award winner Robert Glasper has officially been added to the roster of Steinway Artists. The designation recognizes a select group of world-class pianists who have chosen to perform exclusively on The Family of Steinway-Designed pianos. The acclaimed jazz pianist/producer joins an illustrious roster that includes some of the most dynamic names in piano, including Billy Joel, Lang Lang, Diana Krall, Jason Moran, and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as immortal legends such as Vladimir Horowitz and Irving Berlin.

Darren Marshall, Chief Marketing Officer of Steinway & Sons, said of the appointment, "Robert Glasper is not only a brilliant musician and a GRAMMY winner, he is truly an innovator that blends the worlds of R&B, jazz and hip-hop in a way that hasn’t been heard since Miles Davis."  Marshall added, "We are proud to welcome Robert to our family of Steinway Artists and honored that he has chosen us to help bring his music to audiences throughout the world."

"Steinway means individuality, perfection, personality, swag, diligence and excellence," said Robert Glasper. "I am proud to join that family."

Ten years after making his Blue Note debut, and following two GRAMMY-winning volumes of his critically and commercially successful R&B-oriented Black Radio albums, Glasper has announced a return to his acclaimed acoustic jazz trio for his new album, Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio recorded live at Capitol Studios), which will be released June 16 on Blue Note Records.

Glasper recently also won his 2nd GRAMMY Award when Robert Glasper Experiment’s Stevie Wonder cover "Jesus Children Of America" from Black Radio 2 won the award for Best Traditional R&B Performance. http://www.robertglasper.com/

About Robert Glasper
Houston native Robert Glasper had a strong musical influence in his mother who played piano and sang gospel music in church as well as in jazz and blues clubs. After moving to New York City to study at New School University, Glasper began performing with Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett, Terence Blanchard, and Roy Hargrove. After releasing his debut album Mood in 2003, Glasper signed to Blue Note Records.

Two acclaimed acoustic albums followed—Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007) before he perfectly captured his unique duality with 2009’s Double-Booked which juxtaposed his acoustic Trio and hip hop-infused Experiment band. RGX’s 2012 breakout Black Radio featured numerous notable vocalists and laid out a new paradigm for creative music reaching beyond entrenched genre boundaries to create a singular vision that drew from all reaches of contemporary black music, and won Best R&B Album at the 2013 GRAMMY Awards. RGX upped the ante with Black Radio 2 (2013), another genre-defying effort that took the Black Radio blueprint and built to even greater heights, winning Glasper a 2nd GRAMMY Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance.

About Steinway Artists
The designation of Steinway Artist is bestowed to select pianists, who prefer to perform on only Steinway & Sons pianos and who have successfully completed a rigorous selection process; it is never a paid endorsement. All Steinway Artists are also proud personal owners of Steinway & Sons pianos.

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.

Press Contact:
Anthony Gilroy
Steinway & Sons
agilroy@steinway.com
(718) 204-3116

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