World Famous Horowitz Steinway Piano

World-Famous Horowitz Piano to be at Willis Performing Arts Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The legendary, world-traveled Steinway & Sons Model D Horowitz Piano has been on tour and is making its way to the Willis Performing Arts Center in Florence, KY July 25- August 9, 2013.

“This provides a rare opportunity for the public to see, hear, touch and even play the stunning nine-foot grand piano,” said Willis Music President Kevin Cranley.

This very instrument is the magnificent, 9-ft Steinway Concert Grand piano that accompanied classical titan Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) on tour, including this famous 1986 return to Moscow recital. His personally-owned piano, known as the CD 503, is said to have been his favorite instrument.

“Willis Music is deeply honored that the Horowitz Steinway will be at our Willis Performing Arts Center for the first time ever and we are excited to be able to invite the public to be a part of this once-in-a lifetime event,” added Cranley. “All guests will have the opportunity to play the piano if they choose, have their picture taken with the Horowitz Steinway and receive a certificate to commemorate the occasion.”

Horowitz is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. His use of tone color and brilliant performances enthralled audiences for decades. He was born in the Russian Empire in 1903. By age 20 he had performed 23 concerts in St. Petersburg alone. In 1925 he came to New York to perform concerts and then back to Berlin for his debut. In 1927 Horowitz became a Steinway artist. The next year he joined the New York Philharmonic Orchestra as a piano soloist and became the legend that he is today. Horowitz owned the CD 503 since the early 1940’s. This is the piano Horowitz kept in his New York townhouse. He used it in many recitals and recordings in the 70’s and 80’s, and he famously demanded that the piano be his exclusive touring instrument during the last four years of his life, including for his triumphant return to the former Soviet Union for performances in Moscow and Leningrad in 1986.

What: Horowitz Steinway Piano On Tour
Where: Willis Performing Arts Center in Florence, KY
7567 Mall Rd. Florence, KY 41042
When: July 25th – August 9th, 2013
Who: Open to the public to see, hear, touch and play. To schedule a time to play the Horowitz Steinway, please call (859) 525-6050 or email:

Written by Christy Schutte