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An Evening of Elegance: Steinway & Sons' Su Yeon Kim Shines at Ladbroke Hall

Music & Lifestyle

This summer, we had the pleasure of attending a spectacular Classical Masters series hosted by our friends at Steinway & Sons, and it exceeded all expectations.

Since 1857, Steinway & Sons has been at the forefront of innovation, maintaining the same meticulous manufacturing process they established in the 1800s. Renowned as one of the world's finest piano manufacturers, their commitment to excellence continues to set them apart in the music industry.

Crafting each piano over the course of three years and producing only 1,400 instruments annually at their Hamburg factory, Steinway & Sons ensures every piece is built to endure. Remarkably, the longevity of a private Steinway piano remains unknown, as each one is designed to be a lifelong investment, passed down through generations. Hand-carved with meticulous care, these wooden masterpieces offer buyers a profound appreciation for craftsmanship. A Series B piano, for example, retails around £100K. Surprisingly, the Hamburg factory supplies the entire world, except for the USA.

Steinway & Sons' mission extends beyond piano manufacturing; they aim to ignite cultural conversations and foster global cultural connections. Embracing music, visual and performing arts, literature, film and television, architecture and design, craftsmanship, and artistry, Steinway hosts pop-up concerts and events worldwide, enriching the cultural landscape.

Previously, we were thrilled to witness Lang Lang perform with the Spiriocast during an exclusive concert at Hamburg's iconic Elbphilharmonie. This time, we were fortunate enough to relive the magic in London at the grand opening of Ladbroke Hall, savouring drinks and nibbles from the award-winning restaurant Pollini.

The evening featured Steinway Prizewinner Su Yeon Kim, who commanded the concert hall for a night dedicated to classical masters. In an unparalleled setting, with just 120 guests, we sat at intimate tables and were treated to a breathtaking recital of Liszt, Chopin, and Mozart, bringing us closer to the music than ever before.

Korean pianist Su Yeon Kim is no stranger to accolades, having achieved international acclaim with her First Prize win at the Concours Musical International de Montréal in 2021 and Second Prize at the Mozart International Competition Salzburg in 2020. Starting her piano lessons at the age of 5, she moved to Salzburg at 19 to further her studies with Éric Le Sage at Musikhochschule Freiburg. Along the way, she drew inspiration from legendary musicians such as Alfred Brendel, Sir András Schiff, Maria João Pires, and Jacques Rouvier.

Today, Kim proudly adds her debut album, Mozart Recital, to her impressive portfolio, showcasing her effortless talent across 15 stunning tracks. It's no surprise that the classical music world has embraced her so warmly, and we eagerly anticipate what the future holds for Steinway & Sons' latest star.

Steinway & Sons will be announcing further events over the year to recreate the majesty of the evening we enjoyed.

For more information visit Steinway & Sons

words by Jheanelle Feanny 


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