A life-long love af­fair

China Daily (USA) - - IN DEPTH - — HEZI JIANG

To Zuo Tong, touch­ing a pi­ano is just like meet­ing a new per­son or tast­ing a bot­tle of wine.

The re­cent Yale Univer­sity grad­u­ate from Bei­jing, grew up per­form­ing on Stein­ways. She has per­formed across China, the US, Sin­ga­pore and Viet­nam.

She played a Stein­way she loved at the Shang­hai Ori­en­tal Art Cen­ter. “The sound was so beau­ti­ful, the high pitches. It can sing. It re­sponds to your dif­fer­ent touches with dif­fer­ent tune qual­ity,” said Zuo.

She also played a Stein­way that broke her heart at the Mas­ter­piece Lon­don art fair in 2015.

“It was all arts, and to my sur­prise, Stein­way was there with a con­cert pi­ano that has a very beau­ti­ful ex­te­rior mak­ing it look like a piece of art,” she said. “How­ever, when I tried it, it was one of the worst con­cert pianos I’ve played. It sat there like a piece of fur­ni­ture.”

In the win­ter of 2014, Zuo vis­ited the old Stein­way Hall on 57th street in New York City for the last time be­fore it closed per­ma­nently after 90 years.

“Its ex­is­tence sur­passed a shop or an of­fice, it was full of cul­ture and history. Count­less best pi­anists had per­formed there. It was a land­mark for pi­ano,” she said. “And it’s gone.”

“Stein­way is dif­fer­ent from other brands. Its in­flu­ence and qual­ity made the brand mean more than an in­stru­ment. It has emo­tional value to many,” she said. “I think Stein­way should be care­ful with where it’s head­ing. They have to re­ally pro­tect Stein­way & Sons.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from China

© PressReader. All rights reserved.