GW students who tickle the ivories will find themselves tapping to a beautiful new tune this fall.
Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, GW's music department now boasts 28 new Steinway-designed pianos, including this concert grand in Lisner Auditorium.
The gift makes GW an official all-Steinway university. This designation is shared by a small number of schools nationwide and places GW in the company of Juilliard, Yale, and the Curtis Institute of Music.
Played in major concert halls across the world, Steinway pianos are recognized as one of the most prestigious instruments in the industry. GW's new pianos will be used in the department's teaching studios, practice rooms, performance hall, and recording studio; one will also be placed in President Knapp's home at the F Street House. In addition to the Lisner Auditorium concert grand, the collection comprises nine other Steinway grand pianos and 18 Steinway-designed Boston pianos.
Along with the necessary funds for the pianos, the donor also contributed to the GW Power & Promise Fund, the university's student aid initiative, in support of a new scholarship as well as to the existing George Steiner Music Scholarship fund.
The music department, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is part of GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
See the Fox5 TV broadcast about GW's Steinway collection below, or click here.