Steinway Duo Artist, Anderson & Roe, at the Black Diamond Asia Launch Ceremony playing on the Limited Edition Black Diamond piano
Singapore, 21 OCTOBER 2019– The Limited Edition Black Diamond Piano, specially designed for Steinway & Sons by esteemed furniture designer Dakota Jackson and Steinway virtuoso Lang Lang, was launched in Singapore on 17 October 2019 at ION Sky.
The gala dinner was opened by Celine Goh, General Manager of Steinway Gallery Singapore. She unveiled the Black Diamond piano with Wei Wei, President of Steinway Asia Pacific. The event was also graced by Wendy Shen, District Sales Manager of Steinway Asia Pacific.
By exclusive invitation only and attended by society figures and Steinway owners, the event was an opportunity to appreciate the craftsmanship of the Black Diamond Piano. Emmy-nominated classical Steinway Artists Anderson & Roe were on hand to introduce the highly exclusive Black Diamond to the guests. Only eight Model D concert grand pianos and 88 Model B classic grand pianos have been crafted. The two Steinway Black Diamond pianos (one black and one Macassar ebony) in Singapore were pre-sold ahead of their official launch. The only remaining Black Diamond Model D concert grand piano in the world has now been allocated for sale in Singapore.
The piano duo also enthralled guests with adrenalised renditions of popular favourites Billie Jean, Libertangoand What a Wonderful World. They showcased the revolutionary SPIRIO | r technology, which offers exclusive high-resolution recording and playback for professional and amateur pianists. The other performers of the night included Ms Goh, who provided a moving rendition of “New Endless Love” (新不了情), and the pint-sized trio of No Front Teeth, who regaled guests.
Ms Celine Goh and Ms Wei Wei unveiling the Black Diamond piano
The 83 out of 88 Limited Edition Black Diamond piano
Performance by Ms Celine Goh playing on the Black Diamond piano
Performance by No Front Teeth
About Steinway Gallery Singapore
Much more than a state-of-the-art retail and performance space, the Steinway Gallery at ION Orchard – the “centre of gravity” in Singapore’s retail scene – houses a selection of grand and upright pianos from Steinway & Sons including its latest innovation, the Steinway SPIRIO, a high resolution re-performance piano, as well as exquisite pianos from the Steinway Crown Jewel Collection. Completing the Steinway Family of Pianos are the Boston and Essex pianos that are designed by Steinway & Sons.
The Gallery’s elegant facade evokes a piano’s finish and curvature, with a beautiful Steinway Grand piano taking pride of place at the storefront, offering shoppers and passers-by a chance to experience playing on one of the “finest pianos in the world”. Inside, a full-sized performance stage allows the Gallery to double up as an intimate recital hall while a rear annex houses a rehearsal studio with two Steinway Grands – showcasing Steinway’s commitment to celebrating arts and culture.
For more information, visit www.steinway-gallery.com.sg.
About Steinway & Sons
Since 1853, Steinway pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty, and investment value. Because of a dedication to continuous improvement, today’s Steinway remains the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists, and it is the preferred piano of countless musicians, professional and amateur, throughout the world. For more information, visit www.steinway.com.
About Dakota Jackson
With a career spanning over four decades, Dakota Jackson has been one of the leading figures in American furniture design. His furniture can be found in collections of the world’s leading museums, including The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York’s Museum of Art and Design, The London Design Museum, among others. A renowned designer, pianist, and a Steinway aficionado, Jackson has a long-established relationship with Steinway & Sons. For more information, visit www.dakotajackson.com.
About Lang Lang
Hailing from Shenyang, China, Lang Lang rose to fame at the age of 17. He is now one of the world’s most prolific and highest-profile recording artists. He is an advocate and sponsor of music education and was named a Messenger of Peace in 2013 by UN General Secretary Ban Ki for his efforts to promote global education through his Lang Lang International Music Foundation and Lang Lang Music World arts complex. Lang Lang has been a Steinway Artist since 2002. For more information, visit www.langlangofficial.com.
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