Greg Anderson

The Ultimate Player Piano?

What would you pay to invite Elizabeth Joy Roe and Greg Anderson into your living room for a private performance? What would you give to have Jenny Lin providing the music at your next dinner party?

Priceless experiences, to be sure. But perhaps not…

This week, Steinway introduced Spirio, which it hailed as its biggest innovation in its product line in over 70 years. It is a player piano system that reproduces the work of Steinway artists to its most accurate level yet: it has been hailed by artists for accurately replicating the smallest nuances of performance, for bringing a live concert into your home… even while no one sits on the bench.

Jenny Lin, renowned pianist and Steinway artist, hailed the piano in a Steinway video for being “able to literally duplicate not just the notes and the music that’s being played, but really the emotional reaction of the player.”

The piano looks no differently than other Steinway pianos: the Spirio components are not visible, nor do they affect the touch or the sound of the instrument.

But the piano delivers much more than meets the eye. The piano comes with a catalog of performances from over 1,700 Steinway artists who have recorded pieces ranging from classical to jazz, as well as an iPad that controls the Spirio via an app. The catalog will be updated automatically as new performances are recorded.

But, alas, even priceless experiences often come with a hefty price tag. The starting price for bringing these performances into your home? $110,000.