Henry Steinway (1797-1871)

Henry Steinway, the famous piano maker, was born Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, in Germany. By 1839 he exhibited his first grand and square pianos at the Brunswick State Fair and won a gold medal. Steinweg took his family to the U.S. in 1850. In 1853 they changed their name and established themselves as Steinway & Sons. They created the seven-octave piano, of impressive tonal power, which won national attention. Steinway Hall became a cultural center and sponsored many great European pianists. Their piano design, known as the "American system," with one-piece cast-iron frame and overstringing, transformed the instrument and was copied by piano makers all over Europe.

1870 circa 5 years
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