“A Steinway piano is the epitome of perfection. It’s the best means of expressing the masterpiece of the great masters. It is truly without a doubt the best instrument ever built.”
– Victor Santiago Asuncion
On September 20, 2014, as a part of his weekend visit to the Philippines, Filipino Steinway Artist Victor Asuncion conducted a masterclass at the Steinway Boutique Manila. Three outstanding young pianists were chosen to participate: Danica Mae Antazo, Jet Stephen Chong, and Gabriel Allan “Gabby” Paguirigan.
“A Steinway is a Steinway and there is nothing like it in the world.” – Arthur Rubinstein, Steinway Artist
MANILA, 3 October 2014 – Steinway & Sons, the brand known for building the world’s finest pianos, has finally found its new home in the Philippines. Founded in 1853 by Henry Steinway in Hamburg, Germany, Steinway & Sons’ mission to “build the best piano possible” remains true to this day as the brand is synonymous with quality that surpasses the expectations of even the most demanding pianists. Through the partnership of Lucerne and C. Melchers GmbH & Co., both luxury brand purveyors, Steinway Boutique Manila opens its doors as the first exclusive dealer of Steinway pianos in the country.
MANILA (March 18, 2015) – On August 11, internationally acclaimed South Korean Steinway Artist Yoonjung “Yoonie” Han spent the last afternoon of her short visit in the Philippines conducting a masterclass at the Steinway Boutique Manila, 6750 Ayala Avenue, Makati. “I love working with talents,” Yoonie expressed, “and hope to share with them not only musical or technical aspects, but personal experiences as well.”
Three accomplished young pianists participated in her two-hour masterclass: Lorenzo B. Medel was first and presented Chaconne in D Minor BWV 1004 (Bach-Busoni), Anne Marie A. Caldoza followed with Jeux d’eau (Ravel), and Laarni Dawn R. Ilan with Polichinelle, Op. 3 No. 4 (Rachmaninoff). Yoonie guided the participants as they performed their chosen piano pieces —from the background of the pieces to their successful interpretation. She engaged not only the participants but also the audience as she shared the stories behind the music, their intricacies, and depth. As piano pedagogue Cecile Basilio-Roxas commented, “The masterclass was a great learning experience.”
17 July 2014, Manila — Another Filipino to compete in the international scene — Nathan John Torento, a student of Chinese International School Manila will represent the Philippines in the 2nd Steinway Regional Finals Asia Pacific 2014 which will be held in Singapore on 26 July 2014.
Edith Dychiao, General Manager of Steinway Boutique Manila, said “We, at Steinway Boutique Manila, are proud to have our Filipino youth compete internationally. Let us support him as he goes on his quest to show our neighbours what we can share in terms of musical artistry. Let us hope to have a future international artist in the person of John Torento.”