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After 2 years, the return of the annual BSO piano sale

by Stephen N. Reed


In September, the leaves start to come out across New England, as do the shrewd piano buyers who have waited patiently for the annual Boston Symphony Orchestra piano sale, partnering with Steinway & Sons and M. Steinert & Sons of Boston and Newton.

This year’s sale is by appointment only and will run from Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 19 at Symphony Hall in Boston.

Due to the pandemic, last year’s sale was canceled. However, this popular, annual BSO event is back with a head of steam, making up for lost time.  Now in its 18th year, this unique sale will again give piano buyers a chance to purchase lightly-used, well-maintained Steinway pianos at a significant discount.  Best of all, a portion of the proceeds goes directly to support the BSO.

“For piano buyers, the BSO, and our relationship with Steinway, it’s a great opportunity to support the quality of pianos at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood,” said Christopher W. Ruigomez, Director of Concert Operations for the BSO.

Traditionally, this annual piano sale has included several Festival pianos used at the BSO’s summer home at Tanglewood in western Massachusetts. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s piano selection will be drawn from Symphony Hall’s inventory of Steinway pianos, as well as new and used Steinway models from M. Steinert & Sons.

New Steinways at a discount this year

The Higginson Room at Symphony Hall gets filled with pianos of every finish, size and type.

As a result, this year, piano buyers can get a sizable discount on several new Steinways.

Despite the change, this year with M. Steinert Sons directly supplying more pianos for the sale, the company’s president, Brendan Murphy, said that this year’s event will continue to benefit the BSO.

“Through partnering with the BSO over many years, we are proud to contribute a portion of the proceeds to their high-quality performances, music classes, and workshops with the piano over 90% of professional pianists prefer to play–Steinway,” said Murphy. “Smart buyers wait months for this sale and for good reason–these are some of the best Steinways available for both quality and price.”

Interesting facts about this event

Steinway & Sons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra have had a relationship since 1880, and this annual BSO sale began in 2002.  Since then, a wide variety of piano buyers have enjoyed some remarkable moments at the annual BSO sale.

Steinert & Sons’ president emeritus, Paul Murphy, recalls selling a piano one year that Steven Spielberg had signed at a Tanglewood concert celebrating the movie scores of former Boston Pops musical director John Williams, The famed film director and collaborator with Williams wrote “Steven Spielberg & E.T.”

“He wrote it on top of the piano lid, and at first we thought about removing it,” says Paul Murphy.  “But keeping it there added to its provenance.”

During another year, John Williams himself had autographed a piano, enhancing its value.


Interested buyers can view this year’s collection of pianos by making an appointment to visit Symphony Hall on the days of the sale.  Appointments can also be made by contacting M. Steinert & Sons at (617) 426-1900.

 


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The Tanglewood Festival Pianos
Through an arrangement with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, M. Steinert & Sons sometimes has Steinway, Boston, and Essex pianos played at the BSO’s summer home available for sale at the end of the Tanglewood season.

Pay a visit to Tanglewood in Lenox this season to enjoy a concert in the beautiful setting of the Berkshire hills. While you are there, select the piano you’d like us to deliver to your home at the conclusion of the season. You’ll enjoy the best selection and most favorable pricing by choosing your piano early.


evren_ozelEvren Ozel, a gifted pianist and student at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, performed a program of Haydn, Chopin, and Ravel on Thursday, March 26, in the newly expanded Performance Center at the M. Steinert & Sons piano showroom in the Natick Mall.

Mr. Ozel performed the following pieces for a riveted crowd:

J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, WTC I, BWV 867
Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 33 in C minor, Hob. XIV:20

  1. Moderato
  2. Andante con moto

III. Finale: Allegro
 
Chopin: 3 Mazurkas, Op. 56
No. 1 in B major
No. 2 in C major
No. 3 in C minor
 
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
Ondine
Le gibet
Scarbo
Sixteen-year old Evren Ozel, from Minneapolis, MN began his musical education at the MacPhail Suzuki program at age 3-1/2.  At age 8, he began lessons with Dr. Paul Wirth.  He has studied theory and composition with Dr. Sarah Miller and conducting with Courtney Lewis.  Evren has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra, the Young Artist World Piano Festival Orchestra, the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony and has accompanied dancers of the James Sewell Ballet in live performances.
He was a first prize winner in several Minnesota state and regional piano and composition competitions, including the Schubert Club Piano Competition, Thursday Musical Piano Competition and National Federation of Music Clubs Composition Contest.  Evren has also been an avid chamber musician and, as the pianist of Quartet Tzigane, won first prize in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Youth Chamber Music Competition 2012, advanced to the semi-final round of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition 2012 and was featured on NPR’s “From the Top.”
Evren was the youngest semi-finalist in the 2013 International Junior e-Piano Competition and participated in Boston University Tanglewood Institute 2013, where he performed at Seiji Ozawa Hall in the Honors Recital as well as in a master class given by Lang Lang.
In 2014, Evren appeared as Showcase Artist on MPR’s Minnesota Varsity, was recognized with a merit scholarship by the National Chopin Foundation of the United States and received the 5th prize and the Audience prize at the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition at Oberlin Conservatory.
Evren is currently resuming his academic studies at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA and continuing his musical education at New England Conservatory in Boston under the tutelage of Wha-Kyung Byun.  In his spare time, he loves to go for walks in nature and search YoutTube and iTunes for musical treasures.


On Saturday March 28, the M. Steinert & Sons Natick Performance Center welcomed the SMS Jazz Project.

Specializing in the sounds of cocktail hour jazz, the SMS Jazz Project presented a classy blend of standards and hard bop jazz. Performing works by Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, John Coltrane and more.

Click either of the links below to visit the band’s official Youtube channel and see video from the concert.
SMS Jazz Project- Summertime

SMS Jazz Project- Blue Miles

 
The SMS Jazz Project is:
Stan Schertzer, piano
Gerry Rollack, bass
Adam Schertzer, woodwinds
Dave Penn, drums


On Sunday, March 29th, guests of M. Steinert & Sons enjoyed a wonderful evening featuring five talented local teenage pianists, all students of Ronald Kmiec and Helena Vesterman. The orchestra parts were performed by their teachers on a second piano.


Saturday, March 28 from 7:30-9:00 pm

Join M. Steinert & Sons in our Natick Performance Center on Saturday evening, March 28 from 7:30-9:00 pm, as welcome the SMS Jazz Project.
Specializing in the sounds of cocktail hour jazz, the SMS Jazz Project presents a classy blend of standards and hard bop jazz. Performing works by Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, John Coltrane and more.
The SMS Jazz Project is:
Stan Schertzer, piano
Gerry Rollack, bass
Adam Schertzer, woodwinds
Dave Penn, drums
There is no admission fee for this performance, but seating is limited. Please reserve your seats early by clicking here.


Steinert Piano Academy director Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome performed a stunning recital in Harvard, MA on Sunday, February 8. The recital program was all dance-inspired, from Bach English Suite No. 6 to Stravinsky Dance Infernal.
The concert was a fundraiser for the music programs in the Harvard public schools, and is sponsored by Fanfare, a non-profit organization providing support to the Harvard schools music department.
For more information about the recital and Fanfare visit: https://sites.google.com/site/harvardfanfare/fundraisers/sonya-ovrutsky-fensome-home-concert


CONCERT POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER.

Featuring music of Schubert, Chopin and Piazzolla
Wine & Cheese Reception Follows the Concert
Oana Lacatus, Violin
Rebecca Thornblade, Cello
Roxana Bajdechi, Piano
Steinert Hall at M. Steinert & Sons
162 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
This event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are required and may be made here.

About Our Performers

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Oana Lacatus

Violinist Oana Lacatus has performed in concert venues across Europe and the United States such as the Romanian Radio Orchestra (Bucharest), Palace of Fontainebleau (France), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Lincoln Center (New York), WGBH (Boston). Oana is the recipient of many prizes which reflect her soloist and chamber music background which include the “M. Jora” grand prize and the winner of the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition.
Oana has a great appreciation for new music and enjoys performing contemporary repertoire. She is a former member of the “Pro Contemporania” ensemble and she is also an active participant in the Boston musical scene.
Among other accomplishments Oana was a proud recipient of a full scholarship at the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau and also a full scholarship at the Boston Conservatory where she completed her education.
Oana has studied along the years with Nicolae Bilciurescu (Romania), Olivier Charlier (France), Victor Romanul, Lucy Chapman and Ronan Lefkowitz (USA).
 

Rebecca Thornblade

rebeccathornbladeRebecca, a grand prize winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, has had an active and versatile career as a chamber music and orchestral cellist. Ms. Thornblade has played with many ensembles throughout the country which include the award-winning Fry Street and Avalon quartets and as principal cellist of the New World Symphony in Miami and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival Advanced Quartet Studies Program, Chamber Music Encounters in Jerusalem with Isaac Stern, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, the Britt Festival in Oregon, the Colorado Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Tanglewood Fellowship Program, the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival among others.
Ms. Thornblade has worked with many renowned quartets such as the Vermeer, Juilliard, Orion, Takacs and members of the Cleveland and Emerson Quartets. She was featured on WGBH’s “Classical Performances” with pianist Gilbert Kalish and has collaborated with flutist Carol Wincenc and pianist Randall Hodgkinson.
Her teaching experience includes work with the MusiCorps Program through the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Midori Foundation in New York, outreach programs with the New World Symphony and Chamber Music America’s Rural Residency Program and as Adjunct Professor of Cello at Rhode Island College.
Rebecca is currently a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with Opera Boston, the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, The Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Cantata Singers. She has appeared as a chamber musician with Lyrica Boston, Lyrica Chamber Music in New Jersey, the Suzuki School of Newton’s Artist Concert Series, the New Gallery Concert Series, The Radius Ensemble, The Firebird Ensemble and the Worcester Chamber Music Society. In addition to her private teaching studio, she is an adjunct professor of cello at Wellesley College and on the music faculty of Point Counterpoint in Vermont.
Ms. Thornblade received her Bachelor’s in Music from the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Norman Fischer and Peter Rejto and her Master’s in Music from the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick.
 

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Romanian pianist Roxana Bajdechi has appeared as a soloist as well as a chamber musician in Europe, Asia, and the United States of America.
Ms. Bajdechi’s pianistic skills were discovered early on, when, at the age of eight, she was awarded the First Prize at the Mozart Piano Competition in Constanza (Romania). The following years were to bring many other awards and prizes. Ms. Bajdechi is now the recipient of more than fifteen such distinctions from Romania, Italy, Puerto Rico and the USA, including the “Valentino Bucchi” Prize in Rome, and the “Award of the Association of Music Critics of Romania”. MsBajdechi is a member by invitation of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society in the United States, and of the Henry Coanda Foundation for the Extraordinarily Gifted in Romania.
Ms. Bajdechi’s solo engagements have included collaborations with important orchestras and ensembles. In Japan she toured as a soloist with the Mozart Virtuosi Orchestra, performing at the Metropolitan Art Space in Tokyo, the Kitara Hall in Sapporo, and the Civic Hall in Asahikawa. She was also featured as a soloist with other orchestras such as the Puerto Rico Chamber Orchestra (San Juan, PR), the Black Sea Philharmonic (Constanza, Romania) , The Boston Conservatory Orchestra (Boston, MA) , performing a wide range of concerto repertoire.
As a recital pianist and a very active chamber musician, with appearances ranging from duo, trio, quartet, to quintet repertoire, Ms. Bajdechi has performed in numerous concert venues such as the Glinka Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg (Russia), the Mozart Hall in Bologna (Italy), the Dante Aligheri Theater in Ravenna (Italy), the Bonci Theater in Cesena (Italy), the Kaye Playhouse in New York (USA), the Hakuju Hall and the Romanian Embassy in Tokyo (Japan), the Culture Hall in Sapporo (Japan), the Crystal Hall in Asahikawa (Japan), the Atheneum Hall, the National Radio Hall, and the Act Theater in Bucharest (Romania), the Santa Cristina Festival Hall (Spain).
Other accomplishments include numerous live appearances on the Romanian National Radio and Television, as well as on RadioTre Suite in Rome, Italy. One of her duo recitals with violinist Markus Placci was broadcast on BBC Radio (UK), Bartok Radio (Hungary), NRK Radio (Norway), and HRT Radio (Croatia). In March 2011, the National Radio Society of Romania awarded Ms. Bajdechi a Diploma of Excellency for promoting Romanian culture worldwide. In Boston, she appears regularly in performances at Seully Hall and Steinert Hall.
Ms. Bajdechi recently returned from the third Japanese tour of the SteinArt Trio (together with Markus Placci, violin and Masanori Taniguchi, cello). The trio will tour Japan again in November, when the three musicians will perform in Tokyo, Kyoto, Wakayama, and Chichibu.
Ms. Bajdechi studied under Olga Szel and Delia Pavlovici in Romania, and she benefited from the teaching of Michael Lewin.and Marina Magazinnik in the US. At the Boston Conservatory (BM’04 and MM’06), Ms. Bajdechi won the Concerto Competition, the Piano Honors Competition for three consecutive years, and she was awarded the Alfred Lee and Benjamin Kasser Scholarships. Ms. Bajdechi is currently on the Piano Faculty at M. Steinert and Sons Piano Academy in Boston, MA, and is the Artistic Director of the Steinway Society of Massachusetts.


-1Pianist Tanya Bartevyan offered an all Schubert program on Saturday Evening, January 31st at a well-attended Steinert Hall. The date marked the composer’s 218th birthday.  Program to include Four Impromptus Op. Posthumous 142, D 935 and the Sonata in c minor, D 958.
Tanya Bartevyan in a graduate of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Ferdi Statzer, Veronica Jochum, Katja Andy, Leonard Shure, and Maria Clodes Jaguaribe. She has performed in major venues in the Boston area, such as the Gardner Museum, Jordan Hall, WGBH Classical Radio, Fogg Art Museum, Paine Hall and others. Most recently, in August 2014, she was personally invited to take part in the Puigcerda Festival in Spain by the festival’s founder, renowned pianist Oxana Yablonskaya.
Tanya’s performances have received praise from colleagues and audiences for their passion, intelligence, and musical sensitivity. She has also pursued work in composition and orchestral conducting, as well as engaged in writings about connections and unities between arts and sciences.


Andy Rangell Performs at M. Steinert & Sons

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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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