Our Biggest Clearance Piano Sale Ever

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As New England’s exclusive Steinway representative we regularly receive trade-ins from owners who are stepping up to a Steinway. These are top-quality instruments in their own right. We even get an occasional Steinway trade-in! Because our sales have been so strong during 2014 we have an overabundance of gently used pianos in stock. To make room for new arrivals our Boston showroom is hosting the most extensive piano clearance in our history, featuring… Hurry in for the best selection at the best prices!

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Most clearance pianos are on display at our Boston showroom at 162 Boylston Street, across from the Boston Common. A limited selection of clearance pianos will be available at our Natick Mall showroom.

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Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome: Our New Steinert Piano Academy Director

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Jardins Musicaux 2008We are very pleased to welcome Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome as the Director of the Steinert Piano Academy in Natick. Our students, of all ages, will benefit from her great talent and deep experience as a performer and music educator.

Sonya has taught piano in Spain, Russia, and the United States. In 2004 she founded the Main Line Music Academy in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, fulfilling her lifelong dream of creating a school dedicated to bringing the wonderful world of music to children of all ages. Now she is bringing this passion for teaching to the Steinert Piano Academy in Natick as we welcome students in our newly expanded performance and instructional studio.

A Lifetime of Piano Excellence

An internationally acclaimed concert pianist and music educator, Sonya is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music, and has performed in major concert venues across the United States and around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Aspen Music Festival in the U.S., and the Palace de Beaux Arts in Brussels, Lucerne Music Festival in Switzerland, Moscow Conservatory Hall, and concert halls in Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Rome, and South Africa.

Sonya began her studies at the tender age of three under the guidance of her father Ilya Ovrutsky, who at the time was a soloist with the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra in Moscow. Believing that an early start is the best for a musician, Mr. Ovrutsky nurtured Sonya’s talent by exposing her to musical concepts using engaging teaching techniques in a form that was accessible to a young child. At the age of five, Sonya began taking piano lessons with her mother Alexandra, and continued her musical education at the Special School for Gifted Children in Moscow. Soon after photo 2Sonya was performing in concert halls of Moscow and other cities in Russia.

The recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Ovrutsky won the International Piano Competition in Senigalia, Italy at age fifteen. Soon after she was accepted at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Herbert Stessin. Subsequently she was awarded first prizes at the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, Lehigh Valley–Juilliard Competition, the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Competition in Kingsport, and special prizes at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia, and at the Pablo Sarasate Competition in Pamplona, Spain.

Continuing Her Concert Career

Ms.Ovrutsky regularly performs with her brother Mikhail, and has collaborated in concerts and master classes with Dorothy DeLay, Felix Galimir, David Kim, Robert McDuffie, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Richard Woodhams, Zakhar Bron, and Vladimir Spivakov.

IMG_5851(1)What People Are Saying About Sonya’s Teaching

“I have heard many, many performances of the Rachmaninoff preludes.  Your interpretation is refreshing, and your performance is second to none. Our thanks also goes to Steinert & Sons company for nurturing andgrooming the next generation of artists, and preserving the cultural tradition. Bravo!” – Ning Jiang, Newton, MA, a piano teacher whose daughter recently participated in a master class conducted by Sonya at the Steinert Piano Academy.

“This was an amazing experience. Sonya is an outstanding artist, wonderful musician and teacher, very warm with the audience. What a perfect match for the Steinert Piano Academy.” – Tamara Isaakov, Piano Teacher, Gnessin’s Music Institute, Moscow

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Andrew Rangell Performs “A Chopin Recital”

AndrewRangell“A Chopin Recital” by Andrew Rangell

Andrew Rangell introduced his latest CD, “A Chopin Recital,” with a special concert event at M. Steinert & Sons in Boston on Saturday, November 8th. A wonderful crowd came out to support Andrew and to hear him play. Photos of the event will be posted soon.

About the Artist
The American pianist Andrew Rangell studied in New York’s Juilliard School of Music, obtaining a doctorate in piano. He won the Malraux Award of the Concert Artists Guild, leading to his New York debut. In 1988 he received the Avery Fisher Career Development Grant, an award that is given on the basis the quality of the recipient’s performances in regular concerts and recitals over a period of time, rather than as a result of a short period of competition appearances.

Andrew Rangell is best known for his performances of all thirty-two of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, and for J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. In concert, his repertory ranges from Gibbons and Froberger to 20th-century composers such as Nielsen, Luciano Berio Arnold Schoenberg, and Christian Wolff.

In 1991, at the high point of his career his hand was severely injured. He returned to performing after a seven-year recovery. During the time of his rehabilitationAndrew Rangell, he recorded two CDs of “Intimate Works” for the Dorian label that received universal praise. As well, Dorian released a recording of concert performances of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. In 2000 he completed a recording of Bach’s six Partitas as well as the complete Chopin Mazurkas.

Appearances on the public radio program “Fresh Air” resulted in runs on record stores by listeners trying to locate Andrew Rangell’s recordings. While he performs throughout the USA, he appears frequently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 92nd Street Y, Miller Theater of Columbia, and the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, and often tours throughout New England.

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Sangyoung Kim and Victor Cayres perform “Sonata for Two Pianos” by David Owens

A Double Treat!

On Saturday, November 8, we welcomed pianist Sangyoung Kim and Victor Cayres to our Natick Mall store. The two performed Sonata for Two Pianos by David Owens as well as works by Schubert, Villa-Lobos, and Corigliano. Photos of the event will be posted soon.

About the Artists

Sangyoung Kim

Sangyoung KimA pianist since age 4, Sangyoung Kim graduated from the Korean National Institute of Art where she studied with Kyung Sook Lee before coming to the United States. She is now a student of Wha-Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was the recipient of the Carol and Robert T. Henderson Presidential Scholarship Award. Kim has performed in recital at the Courchevel Music Festival in France and as a soloist with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 she took first prize at the Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition. She loves to travel and hopes to visit ancient sites around the world.

Victor Cayres

victor cayresPianist Victor Cayres has performed extensively in Brazil, Europe, and the United States, earning praise for concerts with the Sine Nomine string quartet in Switzerland and as a soloist with such orchestras as the Boston Pops and Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic. In Boston he has appeared as a soloist with NEC Philarmonia, Symphony Pro-Musica, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, and in Brazil with Orquestra Petrobras Pro-Musica, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, Orquestra Sinfonica and Orquestra de Camera of University of São Paulo. He has collaborated with such conductors as Ronaldo Bologna, Mark Churchill, Marc David, Gil Jardim, Theophanis Kapsopoulos, Keith Lockhart, Norton Morozowisk, Donald Palma, Roberto Tibiriça, and Jan Zbavitel. He has toured with the Orchestre des Jeunes de Fribourg under Kapsopoulos in the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

In 2012 Mr. Cayres was awarded the Respighi Prize, the 2nd prize at the 18th Leos Janacek International Piano Competition in Brno, Czech Republic, and the Zulalian Award at Boston University. Previous achievements in 2013 included first prize at the Boston University Richmond Piano Competition, a recording project with works by David Owens on the Albany Records label, as well as concerts in Brazil, Michigan (Interlochen Center for the Arts), the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and a debut performance at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, conducted by Salvatore di Vittorio.

In the years prior to coming to the United States, Mr. Cayres won competitions in Brazil, including the Gina Bachauer South American Competition, Nelson Freire International Competition, Petrobras International Competition, Magdalena Tagliaferro Competition, Artlivre International Competition, as well as European competitions such as Sommerfestspiele Klavier Wettbewerb in Murten, Switzerland.

Mr. Cayres had the privilege of studying with Brazil’s leading pianists: Roselys Alleoni at the School of Music Maestro Ernst Mahle; and Gilberto Tinetti and Eduardo Monteiro at the University of São Paulo. He also had an opportunity to study for one year at the Hoschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany, while appearing in concert venues in Switzerland. He has performed in master classes for John O’Connor, Steve Drury, Philippe Entremont, Stephen Kovacevich, Dai Uk Lee, and John Perry, among others. Mr. Cayres studied with Wha KyungByun at the New England Conservatory, and with Anthony di Bonaventura and Boaz Sharon at Boston University. He serves on the piano faculty of the Boston University School of Music.

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Pianist Ai-Ying Chiu Delights Steinert Hall with Selections from Piazzolla and Mendelssohn.

On November 11, we enjoyed a special evening at Steinert Hall with Pianist Ai-Ying Chiu, accompanied1415768013463_1 by Sonia Deng and Kett-Chuan Lee. The trio played selections from “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla, and the “Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 49” by Felix Mendelssohn.

The well attended concert was followed by a wine and cheese reception. A truly wonderful evening overall!

About the Artist
Ai-Ying has appeared as both soloist and chamber pianist at many important concert halls such as The Town Hall in New York City, Le Petit Trianon in San Jose, Walter Hall in Toronto, Basilica San Francesco in Assisi, Italy, Rachmaninoff Concert Hall in Tambov, Russia, Chih-Shan Hall of Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, and many others in Germany and France.

In pursuit of her Master’s degree and Graduate Performance Diploma, Ai-Ying studied with Michael Lewin at The Boston Conservatory, where she was the winner of the H. Wilfred Churchill Piano Scholarship Competition in 2006 and the Piano Honors Competition in 2007 and 2009, and an Honorable Mention Award recipient in the 2008 Mozart Concerto Competition. She was also an Honorable Mention Award recipient at the 2008 Chinese International Piano Competition in New York City.

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A crowded Steinert Hall.

Ai-Ying has worked and performed with Sinphonia Perusina, conducted by Enrico Marconi, and The Boston Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by Bruce Hangen. She has played in master classes given by Vladimir Viardo, Jorge Federico Osorio, Eric Larsen, Victor Rosenbaum, Jennifer Lim, Enrique Graf, Menahem Pressler, Anton Kurti, Kum Sing Lee, and many others.

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