Introducing the Steinway & Sons Spirio

The Steinway & Sons Spirio is the world’s finest high-resolution player piano. A masterpiece of artistry and engineering in the home, Spirio enables the listener to enjoy performances captured by great pianists — played with such nuance, power and passion that the result is utterly indistinguishable from a live performance.

The Spirio is also a Steinway like any other, fully playable, using the same time-tested high-quality materials Steinway has used since 1853. The Spirio is the next step in Steinway’s history of ceaseless improvement in its mission “to build the best piano possible,” per Henry E. Steinway. Spirio brings the unparalleled craftsmanship of the Steinway to your home coupled with cutting-edge technology and the peerless musicality of Steinway artists.

The Spirio’s high resolution playback system captures the nuance and passion the Steinway artist intended by using proprietary software to measure hammer velocity (up to 1020 dynamic levels at a rate of up to 800 samples per second) and proportional pedaling, for both the damper pedal and soft pedal (up to 256 pedal positions at a rate of up to 100 samples per second). The soft trills, delicate pedaling, and thundering fortissimos that separate the world’s finest artists are reproduced with unparalleled accuracy by Spirio, precisely realizing both the pianist’s and the piano’s entire range of motion and emotion.

The Steinway Spirio system is installed directly into the piano itself at the time of manufacture, ensuring no alteration in the exterior beauty nor the performance you expect from any Steinway & Sons instrument.

This superior level of playback is made possible through a combination of proprietary high-resolution recording technology and the Spirio’s ability to replicate smaller increments of velocity on both the hammers and proportional pedaling. All Spirio recordings are recorded by world-class artists with exceptional musical and technical abilities — some of the greatest living pianists in the world, in fact, including Lang Lang and Yuja Wang. All artists record for spirioon a Steinway, exponentially increasing the Spirio performance quality. In addition, through the wonders of proprietary Spirio technology, “Steinway Immortals” live on in the Spirio catalog, including Art Tatum, Glenn Gould, Arthur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, and many more.

(Original Caption) 5/18/1982-London, England- Pianist Vladimir Horowitz practices at the Festival Hall, during his first visit to the U.K. in 30 years, for his recital scheduled for 5/22.

Pianist-singer and Steinway artistDavell Crawford’s music dips into a gumbo of jazz, gospel, funk and R‘n’B, affecting across his pianism, singing and songwriting.

He has recorded two sets of New Orleans jazz for Spirio, and as Crawford listens back to his own captured improvisations, he is continually surprised, eliciting a chuckle or an “Oh, interesting!” Ultimately, spiriohelped Crawford engages his multiple musical personalities.

I’m an artist and I’m an artist at all costs,” says Crawford. “There are different personalities that live within me, and, like all artists, I learn how to tap into those other personalities.

“I have to think sometimes how to approach something,” Crawford continues. For the Steinway Spirio, I could immediately get the feedback and say ‘I’m playing too much this way, so now I should be someone else.’ And I’ll take off my jacket or put it back on — or sit a different way. Sometimes my head is almost on the keys. Other times, I’m sitting straight up. Those are different personalities with different, distinct abilities at the keyboard when it comes to playing, when it comes to how they think, how they process and how they execute what’s going to happen.”Spirio-Synced Videos are also a special feature in the App, allowing you to see as well as hear (acoustically!) the greatest pianists in performance in the most life-like way imaginable.

The Steinway Spirio system is operated through the Steinway Spirio App, which provides a seamless interface to the piano and is both intuitive and easy to use. With the accompanying iPad, you control the music, the mood, and the volume with just a swipe of the finger.

The Spirio is perfect for any listener that has an appreciation and passion for the arts: from pianists to families to music educators to those with a love of music but without facility for the piano. These listeners all value uncompromising craftsmanship and quality, as well as authentic and unique artistic experiences.

Spirio transports the listener to any of the world’s greatest concert halls without stepping outside the door of their home. Because Spirio provides such rich and emotionally nuanced playback, listeners feel that the piano is being performed live by an artist. The Steinway & Sons Spirio produces uncompromised sound quality and an exact reproduction of a live performance.

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