November 28, 2022

CIM adds 14 new Steinway pianos, brings campus total to 176

A new Steinway Model D concert grand piano graces the stage of Mixon Hall at CIM
A new Steinway Model D concert grand piano graces the stage of Mixon Hall at CIM

From Steinway & Sons:

Founded in 1920, the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) is one of just seven independent conservatories of music in the United States and one of three devoted exclusively to classical music performance. It is also one of the oldest All-Steinway Schools in the world. With its acquisition this fall of 14 new pianos—including a venerable Model D concert grand—CIM has bumped its total number of Steinway and Steinway-designed pianos to 176, making it one of the schools in North America with the highest number of Steinways on campus.

CIM is globally renowned for its ability to empower today’s most talented classical music students to fulfill their dreams and potential. The conservatory’s students and graduates have won top prizes in the most prestigious piano competitions, including the Queen Elizabeth, Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Cleveland, Chopin, and Young Concert Artists competitions and the Avery Fischer Prize. CIM also regularly welcomes guest artists and presenters of the highest caliber, including Leon Fleisher, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Angela Hewitt, Gilbert Kalish and Murray Perahia.

To support this exemplary level of teaching and artistry, CIM has always been committed to utilizing the best instruments for teaching, practice, and performances, and the staggering number of Steinways on CIM’s campus is testament to this ideal. In September, CIM welcomed a Steinway Model D concert grand to the stunning stage of Mixon Hall, one of two performance venues at the school. Later this fall, 13 additional Steinways will follow the Model D to CIM, destined for practice rooms, teaching studios, and performance spaces. With these additions, CIM will also be able to expand its home piano program for piano majors to include conducting and composition students.

“This is part of an ongoing replacement program in our efforts to maintain the very highest level of instruments for our world-class students and faculty,” said Kathryn Brown, Head of CIM’s Keyboard Division and Piano Department. “The countless hours that singers, instrumentalists, and pianists spend creating and rehearsing are profoundly and positively impacted by these highest-quality pianos. They serve artists in finding paths to express themselves poetically through various tonal colors and textures…and it is that symbiotic relationship we develop with a gorgeous instrument that keeps us coming back for more.”

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