Henry Z. Steinway, Piano Maker, Dies at 93

Henry Z. Steinway at Steinway Hall in 2003.

Henry Z. Steinway at Steinway Hall in 2003. In 1972 he sold his company to the CBS Corporation.

By JAMES BARRON Published: September 18, 2008

Henry Z. Steinway, the last Steinway to run the piano-making company his family started in 1853, died Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.

His death was confirmed by a daughter, Susan Steinway.

Mr. Steinway once said that he had taken countless piano lessons but never knew “which is Beethoven’s this or Beethoven’s that.” He remained proficient on a typewriter’s keys, however; long after the world had adopted personal computers, he was still pounding away on his Smith-Corona manual.

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