30 May 2014, Singapore: Steinway Gallery Singapore and Montblanc announce their collaboration with the global launch of Montblanc’s Patron of Art Edition Henry E. Steinway. An exclusive preview of the limited edition pen was presented on 29 May 2014 at Montblanc Mandarin Gallery with Steinway Artist and singer-composer Dick Lee as the Guest Artist.
The design of the limited edition writing instrument was intended as a tribute to famous piano-building pioneer, Henry E. Steinway. Available in three editions, the design of the writing instrument is masterfully shaped by Steinway’s vision celebrating both his remarkable piano innovations, and his outstanding contribution as an influential patron of the arts.
Montblanc and Steinway share affinities that run deep in brand history with high commitment to arts and culture. With more than 100 years of heritage, both brands strongly uphold their pioneer values: “Montblanc, the highest mountain in Europe, a symbol for highest European craftsmanship” and Steinway’s “Build the best piano possible”. Today, both Montblanc and Steinway headquarter in Hamburg, Germany, and launch exclusive limited editions or bespoke pieces tailored to customers’ requests.
Ms Celine Goh, General Manager of Steinway Gallery Singapore, said, “The collaboration between Steinway and Montblanc is a special partnership as both companies value the artistry of two refined instruments – the piano and the pen. Steinway and Montblanc each carry a rich and fascinating history in heritage and craftsmanship that spans over a century. Tonight we celebrate as we pay tribute to Henry E. Steinway who is the world’s greatest piano-building pioneer and an important figure in the world of music.”
Mr Andreas Boesch, Managing Director of Montblanc South East Asia said, “Montblanc has been celebrating the contributions of historical patron of arts annually since 1992. This year, Montblanc pays tribute to the grand master of piano manufacturing, Henry E. Steinway. The collection, available in three editions of 4810, 888 and 88 pieces only, is created with traditional manufacturing techniques and the quest for perfection in Montblanc’s Atelier in Hamburg. What better way to showcase this very exquisite masterpiece with Steinway. ”
German-born Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (1797 – 1871) built his first pianos in his home kitchen, including the legendary Model No. 1 in 1836, before immigrating to the United States to set up one of the greatest legacies in modern music history. An orphan at age 15, Henry became a master cabinet maker who built his first piano in the kitchen of his home in Seesen, Germany. Steinway & Sons was founded on 5 March 1853 and with 128 patents, Henry pioneered the modern piano and set the high standards that still prevail in piano manufacturing today. He became the founder and patron of the Steinway Hall, erected in New York in 1866, and made music accessible to large audiences. He also supported many artists through the Steinway Artists’ Programme that still promotes musicians today.
To pay homage to Henry E. Steinway, four budding pianists exhibited their musical flair during the preview showcasing the bridge between two expressive instruments – the Steinway Piano and the special limited edition fountain pens. Lim Han Quan, 16, Matthew Ooi, 16, Fam Hui Jiung, 16, and Pualina Lim, 14, composed a piano piece spontaneously on a motif provided by Mr Andreas Boesch on stage. One of the young pianists, 16-year old Lim Han Quan, dictated the composition using the Montblanc Patron of Art Edition Henry E. Steinway pen on the spot. Lee, who was officially conferred as a Steinway Artist in July 2013, also performed three songs on the piano including the iconic Home and Fried Rice Paradise during the event. During the event, Lee, said, “The way both writing and musical instruments came together during this event was executed beautifully. I am honoured to witness the creation of musical harmony by our young local talents who skilfully wrote a composition on the spot using the fountain pen, simultaneously listening to melodies from the piano.”