Steinway Society – The Bay Area is a non-profit organization whose mission is: “To promote excellence in piano performance and music education in the Bay Area.” Steinway Society is recognized as one of the gems in the Bay Area’s cultural life. Now in its twenty-third season, the Society continues to bring world-class, internationally recognized pianists to the Peninsula and South Bay, arrange in-home recitals reminiscent of 19th century salon concerts, and contribute to music education for the young.
Learn more about the history of Steinway Society-The Bay Area.
At the Society’s beginning, David Dumont forged a relationship with the International Van Cliburn Piano Competition. As a result, the Society has presented many of its medalists, including Haochen Zhang (1st) 2009, Beatrice Rana (2nd 2013), Sean Chen (3rd, 2013) Fei-Fei Dong (Finalist, 2013), Diane Walsh (5th, 1969), Vladimir Viardo (1st, 1973), Jon Nakamatsu (1st, 1997), Olga Kern (shared 1st, 2001), Stanislav Loudenitch (shared 1st, 2001), Antonio Pompa-Baldi (shared 2nd, 2001), Maxim Philippov (shared 2nd, 2001), Alexander Kobrin (1st, 2005), Joyce Yang (2nd, 2005), Sa Chen (3rd, 2005), Haochen Zhang (1st, 2009), Yeol Eun Son (2nd 2009), Di Wu (finalist, 2009), Vadym Kholodenko (1st, 2013), and Sean Chen (3rd, 2013). Other well-known artists have included Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman (playing two Steinway grands), Leon Fleisher, Hélène Grimaud, Ursula Oppens and Garrick Ohlsson.
Steinway Society also brings to the Bay Area critically acclaimed winners of other prestigious international piano competitions, e.g., the Tchaikovsky in Moscow, the Queen Elisabeth in Belgium, the Chopin in Poland, the Rubinstein in Israel, the Leeds in England, the William Kapell at University of Maryland, and the Viotti in Italy. For a complete list of Steinway Society’s concerts over the years, click here. To learn more about some of our artist’s music, click here.
Crane Charters, President
Don Wright, Secretary
Shirley Wong, Treasurer
Nancy Jensen, Artistic Director
Nadine Frush, Director, E-mail
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