ASTORIA, NY (July 2, 2018) – The legendary Steinway & Sons Model D Horowitz Piano, CD 503, will continue its ongoing tour of North America with upcoming summer stops at two New York musical festivals before continuing on to Philadelphia in time for the late Vladimir Horowitz’ birthday celebration in October. The piano will be featured at the MostArts Festival in Alfred, New York July 8 - 14 and at the Chautauqua Festival in Chautauqua, New York July 27 – 28, where it will be featured in a public demonstration with playing opportunities. It will arrive at Jacobs Music in Philadelphia on September 22.
This stunning piano—a nine-foot concert grand and one of Steinway’s most revered designs—provides a rare opportunity for the public to see, hear, touch and even play the fabled instrument that accompanied classical titan Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) on tours.
Horowitz 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, Steinway & Sons presented Horowitz and his wife Wanda with a Steinway Model D, Serial #279503, as a wedding present. 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. It was known to be one of the legendary concert pianist’s favorite instruments, and he used it in many recitals and recordings in the 70’s and 80’s. He would always insist that this piano be his exclusive touring instrument, and he required that it be craned out of his Manhattan apartment and delivered to the concert venue regardless of distance or cost.
The iconic Horowitz piano has inspired countless musicians, teachers, students, and Horowitz fans around the world. As an added point of interest, the underside of the soundboard features the signatures of the thousands of store owners, technicians, sales representatives, and delivery men who have cared for the piano during its travels over the last eight decades.
For the piano’s Chautauqua appearance, members of the public may sign up for a time to play the piano through the Chautauqua School of Music Office when the summer season begins. Following its stay in Philadelphia, the Horowitz piano will continue its ongoing tour; upcoming dates and locations will be announced soon.
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