Celebrating Strings' New Steinway: Note By Note
The making of Steinway L1037: A documentary film tracing the creation of a single Steinway piano from the forests of Alaska to the stage of Carnegie Hall.
Strings Music Festival has added a new piano to its collection this year. In January, a team of directors, pianists and piano technicians went to New York City to hand-pick a grand piano from the Steinway & Sons piano factory. It's said that each Steinway piano has its own personality, so the team wanted to personally ensure Strings was getting the perfect one.
About the film
Note By Note follows the story behind the instrument. It explores the relationship between musician and instrument, chronicles the manufacturing process, and illustrates what makes each Steinway unique in this age of mass production. From the factory floor in Queens to Steinway Hall in Manhattan, each piano's journey is complex — spanning 12 months, 12,000 parts, 450 craftsmen, and countless hours of fine-tuned labor. Note By Note is a loving celebration of not only craftsmanship, but also a dying breed of person who is deeply connected to working by hand. In the end, this is an ode to the most unexpected, and perhaps ironic, of unsung heroes. It reminds us how extraordinary the dialogue can be between an artist and an instrument — crafted out of human hands but borne of the materials of nature.
Watch the trailer
Run time: 81 min.
Hear Strings Music Festival's new Steinway this summer!
Don't miss the debut of the new Steinway Model D grand piano at these spectacular piano performances.
June 24 ~ George Winston
July 9 ~ An Evening with Menahem Pressler
July 12 ~ Pressler and Friends
July 16 ~ Wendy Chen
July 26 ~ Orchestra with Jon Kimura Parker
Aug. 6 ~ Cliburn Piano Recital: Sean Chen
Aug. 13 ~ Bruce Hornsby