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PIANO TIMELINE

History Of The Piano

Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.

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C.1988, Kingsburg

Detail of a Kingsburg upright piano.
Kingsburg Piano.

Kingsburg piano company founded in Yantai, China, incorporating German designer, Klaus Fenner’s designs.

1991, Boston

Detail of a Boston piano, photographed by Alton in 1988.
Detail of a Boston Piano by Alton, 1988. 1

Boston Piano Company established as Steinway & Sons subsidiary, New York, in collaboration with Kawai.

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Alton.  "Detail of a Boston Piano, 2008."  Photograph.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, 26 Jan. 2008.  Web.  18 Feb. 2016.  GFDL and CC BY 3.0.

1991, Trifonov

Portrait of Daniil Trifonov, photographed by Roland Kruk Jaroslaw in 2012.
Portrait of Daniil Trifonov by J. Kruk, 2012. 1

Daniil Trifonov (b. 1991): Russian Classical Pianist

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Kruk, Jaroslaw Roland.  “Daniil Trifonov, 2012.”  Photograph.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, 4 July 2012.  Web.  6 Nov. 2015.  CC BY-SA 3.0.

1992, Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor (b. 1992): British Classical Pianist

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Benjamin Grosvenor Performs Chopin. 1

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DeccaClassics.  "Benjamin Grosvenor Plays Chopin Nocturne in F Sharp."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 11 July 2011.  Web.  6 Nov. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.

1996, Kimball Discontinued

Kimball pianos discontinued while Kimball International focused primarily on furniture.

2006, Wurlitzer Gibson

Gibson Guitar Corp purchases Wurlitzer.

2009, Roland V-Piano

Roland's V-Piano Grand digital piano.
Roland's V-Piano Grand. 1

Roland’s introduction of the V-Piano, the first digital piano to use solely physical modeling as its tonal source.

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Images © Roland US, By Permission.

2010, Roland SuperNatural

Pianist playing a Roland V-Piano grand digital piano.
The groundbreaking 'Living' Piano Engine becomes the revolutionary V-Piano.

SuperNatural technology developed by Roland, providing authentic, dynamic, and natural piano sound.

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2013, Roland Grammy

Technical Grammy award given to Ikutaro Kakehashi with Dave Smith for the invention of MIDI.

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