Today in History
February 15, 1920
Henry Engelhard Steinway is born as Heinrich Engelhardt Steinweg in Wolfshagen, Germany. He would later migrate to New York, Anglicize his name to "Henry Steinway" and open a shop in 1853 featuring his custom-built pianos. His innovations – like an overstrung scale design and a special cast-iron frame – improved the pianos' tone and strength, and they soon became the standard for world-class performers. The Steinway company, which remained family-owned until 1972, had made more than half a million pianos by 2000.
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When Polish pianist Ignace Paderewski toured America, he became a celebrity—and boosted Steinway
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