Vienna has a cultural and musical history unmatched by any other city in the world. During the 19th century, many of the world’s most respected musicians lived and worked there. Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi, Haydn, Schubert, and many others called Vienna home during their careers. Some of the finest instruments available could be found in Vienna as well. Ignaz Bösendorfer was born into this rich culture and built his first instrument there in 1828.
Franz Liszt quickly discovered this piano, which could not only stand up to his playing, but could express his musical thoughts like no other. Liszt’s praise and use of this instrument brought Bösendorfer fame almost overnight. The Austrian Emperor conferred the title of “Imperial Royal Court and Chamber Piano Manufacturer” on Ignaz Bösendorfer and quickly this piano became the choice of royal courts and musicians throughout Europe.
Today the Bösendorfer piano is synonymous with excellence and culture in Austria. It is a source of tremendous pride and is considered a national treasure. In fact, for almost a century, Vienna’s Musikverein building, one of the most elegant and renowned centers of classical music worldwide, also houses the Bösendorfer salon, which is a paradise for anyone who loves pianos.
Bösendorfer has recently recognized Cunningham Piano Company and our client, Dr. George Dierna. Read about it by clicking here.
"The Bösendorfer - perhaps the finest piano I have ever played. Gorgeous sound, super responsive, and in technicolor - anything is possible!"
"Our Bösendorfer Imperial here at Haverford has served me nobly in 10 CD's that I've recorded -- the most recent session was just last month (it's 40 years old, and still trumps other fine instruments I might have used!). It has also offered a wide range of expressive possibilities to innumerable artists who have appeared on our concert series at the College, from Garrick Ohlsson and Claude Frank to Cecil Taylor and Marian McPartland. Particularly memorable was the lieder program by Elly Ameling and Dalton Baldwin - together with our Bösendorfer, especially in songs of Schumann and Ravel, they formed a holy trinity!"
Max Weinberg, Drummer, College clinician, Music Director:
"My grandmother purchased her first piano at Cunningham and it has been a family tradition ever since. I love my Bösendorfer and my experience has been great from my first visit to my latest tuning!"
You can also learn a great deal from this video provided by Bösendorfer: