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Why I Play the Piano

by Helen Meng,  Piano Consultant at M. Steinert & Sons.  

Helen has prepared versions in both English and Chinese


Time flies. This is my second year at M. Steinert & Sons.

I consider myself really lucky, being able to work with the most respectful, admired and distinguished piano brand in the whole world, Steinway & Sons. My role is a piano representative. I am presenting Steinway to the music lovers and Steinway admirers.

I am well versed with the history of western music, Steinway and piano, because of my background and my study at BU. I am grateful that I benefit so much, in my DMA exam preparing period.

During my interaction with music lovers, I can tailor my Steinway presentation depending on his/her interested.

When I talk to an engineer (regardless of IT or handcraft), I focus on the craftsmanship of building a Steinway. I focus on the quality of the wood, the lumberyard, the rim, soundboard, and pin-block. I focus on the integrity of Steinway as a philosophy brought to America, 165 years ago, by a German immigrant, Mr. Henry Steinway, When I talk to an investment banker, I focus on the value of Steinway piano, the numbers, charts and rates.
When I talk to a music lover, I play.  I play my favorite pieces cross genres. I discover the responsiveness, delicate yet powerful features this piano has, with him/her together. This is usually the moment, when I am reliving the world where people communicate through music.

When I am here, my background is no longer a degree or a label of who I am. It actually helps me to be good at what I am doing, and helps me to improve day by day.


我为什么弹琴

时光飞逝, 这是我入职M. SteinertSons两年了。

我认为自己很幸运,能够加入到全球最受尊敬,最受尊敬和最杰出的钢琴鼻祖SteinwaySons。我的角色是钢琴顾问。我向喜欢钢琴的人们介绍施坦威。由于我的背景和在波士顿大学的学习,我对西方音乐,施坦威和钢琴的历史非常了解。我很高兴在钢琴博士资格考准备期间受益匪浅。

在与音乐爱好者的互动中,我可以根据他/她的兴趣来定制我的施坦威演讲。当我与工程师交谈时(不管是信息工程还是机械工程),我都专注于建造施坦威的工艺。我专注于木材,伐木场,轮辋,音板和销钉的质量。我关注施坦威作为165年前由德国移民亨利·施坦威先生带到美国的钢琴制作工艺的哲学。当我与投资银行家交谈时,我关注施坦威钢琴的价值,我会注意介绍报表上面的数字和费率。当我与音乐爱好者交谈时,我会演奏。我会演奏不同时期派别的曲目。我们会一起来发掘施坦威钢琴上敏锐而丰富多彩的音色和共鸣。这时候我会深刻体会到人们通过音乐来相互交流时刻。

当我在这里与人们交流时,我的背景不再是我的学位或身份标签。我的音乐教育背景可以实实在在辅助我的职业成长之路。


Helen Meng is one of our Expert Staff in our Newton showroom.

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