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.