barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Selecting a Steinway: A Concert with Conversation

Friday 25 October, 1pm

Professor Kenneth Hamilton
Ulrich Gerhartz

Earlier this year, pianist Kenneth Hamilton and Ulrich Gerhartz, Steinway’s Director of Concert and Artist Services, headed off to Steinway’s famous Hamburg factory to choose a new concert grand for the Barber Institute. They had to make a selection from eight instruments—all with strikingly different musical personalities. In this special event for the Festival, Kenneth and Ulrich share insights on the selection process with the Barber audience, along with performances on the new piano of the test pieces they used on the day.

Chopin Nocturne in C minor
Chopin Mazurka in C# minor
Schubert/Liszt Ständchen
Liszt The Fountains of the Villa d’Este
Wagner/Liszt Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde


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