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Pianist Hailey Sun

Pianist Haily SunMaking her debut at Carnegie Hall at eight, and winner of the Steinway Competition in her age category at Michelle’s Piano, Hailey Sun has already done more than most could ever dream!

Hailey began taking piano lessons at her own request when she was three years old. Since 2015, Hailey has actively participated in Period Festivals of the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA), consistently receiving “Winner” rankings each time. In 2018, Hailey won second place at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition and had the honor to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in May 2018. In addition, she won first place in the Steinway Competition for the Oregon/Southwest Washington State region in Division I Category. Her current teachers are Dr. Renato Fabbro and Paula Watt. In addition to playing the piano and listening to classical music, in her spare time, Hailey loves to read, travel, swim and do arts and crafts.

Hailey’s family has also just taken ownership of a brand new Steinway Model B to further enable her to reach her artistic potential. Michelle’s is thrilled to be part of this happy event!

Vladimir Horowitz playing Träumerei by Schumann

With the release of Vladimir Horowitz playing Träumerei by Schumann, Steinway’s Spirio Library now offers the listener an opportunity to hear the over 1000 shadings and variations of dynamics which they could never realize outside a live performance.

Here is the heart of the matter: no other piano can whisper like a Steinway.

Many pianos play loud (not always pleasing toned, but capable of high volume).

Only Steinway give you rapturous, riotous fortissimissimo with such a sweet tone, and yet render so many tone-colors in between its ‘thunder’ and its ‘rain-drops’.

And it is that pianissississimo that Howowitz creates in Träumerei that reveals a truly amazing and faithful rendering of the Maestro’s singular sense of touch!!

The Spirio has indeed replicated the Spirit of so many wonderful performances.

With utterly flawless nuance! Here’s why:

Spirio’s high resolution playback system uses proprietary software to measure hammer velocity (up to 1020 dynamic levels at a rate of up to 800 samples per second) and proportional pedaling, for both the damper pedal and soft pedal (up to 256 pedal positions at a rate of up to 100 samples per second).

Did I mention a Streaming and Continuously Growing Catalog is Free with a Spirio?

A fantastic library of artist performances that is growing every month.

So many compelling reasons for Players and Non-Player alike to own one!

Please contact Michelle’s Piano and schedule an audition. You’ll thank me later . . .

I never got to see Horowitz live

I never got to see Horowitz live. I’ve listened to most of his prodigious discography on some of the finest electrostatic speakers ever devised.

I’ve watched his live performance in Moscow on a world class home theatre, and nothing in my aging audiophile’s ears can come even remotely close to the experience of being in a finely tuned concert hall with a magnificent Steinway Grand.

That transformative experience of not hearing a meticulous reproduction, but the original sound!

One might argue, the unattainable just became attainable.

Leave it to Steinway, who truly invented the modern grand piano to come up with the answer!

The Spirio from Steinway allows you an almost holographic experience of being in the room with some of the greatest pianists in the world. With thousands of audio and video available including Glenn Gould, Billy Joel, Art Tatum, and many more.

Actually comes with an iPad.

I never got to see Horowitz live . . . Spirio brought him to my living room!