Okay, this piano likely is more valuable than your house…or everything you own. This 50,000th piano by Boesendorfer may be beautiful inside and out, but folks in the Philadelphia area actually got to hear it!
Each Boesendorfer piano takes five years to make. The craftsmen use only spruce wood from an Austrian white spruce that grows on the north side of the Alps above a certain altitude and is only harvested in January and February.
The Cunningham Piano Company, 5427 Germantown Ave. in Germantown, which is currently celebrating 125 years in business, has just received a Boesendorfer piano valued at $750,000 that will be shared with the public via a variety of concerts in January at Philadelphia locations. “There is insane craftsmanship that goes into making one,” said Jaimi Blackburn, Cunningham spokesperson, last week. “Billy Joel, Elton John and many other celebrities have one, as did Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. It is a piece of art to look at as well since it has all hand-applied 14k gold leaf.”
The Bosendorfer Opus #50.000 (the 50,!000th piano made by the company) was first used in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 3, in a program of music by Brahms and Schubert at the German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St. It will be used next on Friday, Jan. 8, 8 p.m., in a program called “More Awesome Americans” featuring the music of Gershwin, Bernstein, Williams and Joplin at Vox Ama Deus Ensemble at Kimmel Center, Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St.