Vale Henry Z. Steinway, 1915-2008

Henry Z. Steinway, the great-grandson of the founder of Steinway & Sons, passed away in Manhattan on Thursday 18 September 2008. He was 93.

 henry z steinway.jpgThe House of Steinway & Sons notes with profound sorrow the passing of its former President and Chairman, Henry Z. Steinway, on Thursday, September 18th in New York City at the age of 93.  A great grandson of the firm’s founder, Mr. Steinway was actively involved with the Company up to the time of his death, maintaining an office at Steinway Hall in Manhattan

Born in New York City in 1915, Mr. Steinway began his association with the firm as a factory apprentice in 1937 following graduation from Harvard.  He rose through the ranks, becoming Factory Manager in 1946 upon discharge from the service, and was named Vice President in 1947.  He served with distinction as President from 1955 to 1977, and as Chairman from 1977 to 1980. In 1980 he became a Consultant to the Company, a position which he held to present day.  He married Polly Zinsser in 1944, who survives him, as does his sister Lydia Steinway Cochrane, and his five children. 

Henry Z. Steinway was a true piano man, and his familiar presence at Steinway Hall was our greatest treasure.  An avid correspondent with curators, customers, Steinway dealers and celebrated artists through the years, Mr. Steinway enjoyed a perspective of the changing musical world that few in our industry will experience.  Though his typewriter is silenced, our lives have been forever enriched by his personal warmth, his candor, and by his unwavering faith in the instrument that bears his name.   Thanks to Mr. Steinway who commissioned an exact historical replica of the very first Steinway made by his great grandfather, Theme & Variations NSW & QLD was able to showcase this very special piano during its international tour in February this year.

To Polly and to his children and grandchildren and his extended family, we extend our love and our heartfelt condolences.  He will be sorely missed.

–  The Board of Directors, the management and all of the employees of  
Steinway & Sons worldwide


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