Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Billy Joel honoured by Steinway

Billy Joel joins an illuminating list of pianists who have their portrait hanging in Steinway's New York headquarters.
Billy Joel honoured
Billy Joel's contribution to music has been celebrated with a portrait that has been hung up at Steinway Hall in New York.

The singer-songwriter has become the only non-classical pianist to have his picture placed on the wall of the prestigious piano maker's New York headquarters.

Even more profound is the fact that he is one of two living artists to have received such a tribute.

The other musician is the Russian, Vladimir Horowitz, coincidentally one of Joel's all-time heroes.

Joel, who is famous for such hits as Piano Man and Just the Way You Are, said he was honoured.

"They make pianos the old-fashioned way. They're not mass-produced. They're hand-crafted," he said.

"When you find a great Steinway, it's a phenomenal piano. There's a quirkiness in individually produced pianos that I appreciate, sort of like handmade guitars."

The portrait, which was painted by Paul Wyse, sees Joel with his arms crossed, looking out to the distance.

He is wearing his trademark leather jacket, an item of clothing that goes way back to the 80s.

Posted by KTADNFCR-2133-ID-801238628-ADNFCR Posted on 14 Dec 2011 10:14 to category : Instruments News

Related Music News

thumbnail

Built to complement the modern percussive musician, the SPD::ONE range exhibits complete versatility and adaptability in the face of live performance.

26 May 2017 12:25
thumbnail

TC Helicon launch VoiceLive 3 Extreme vocal and guitar FX unit at Musikmesse 2015.

14 Apr 2015 16:15
thumbnail

TC Electronic expand the Ditto Looper lineup with the Ditto Stereo Looper.

14 Apr 2015 06:45
thumbnail

TC-Helicon have launched the Switch-6, a footswitch with, yep, 6 switches.

23 Sep 2014 16:49
thumbnail

A special edition version of the popular TC Electronic Ditto Looper pedal has been announced.

22 Jul 2014 16:00
thumbnail

The Play Acoustic is the first ever combined vocal and electro-acoustic guitar processer.

13 May 2014 16:00

Recent Music News

thumbnail

Building upon the success of the acclaimed Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal, the second instalment from TC Electronic sees a much more refined and modern rendition.

26 May 2017 09:55
thumbnail

Novation's Circuit Groovebox is now more expressive than ever, with new firmware granting players exciting new updates to enhance their playing experience

25 May 2017 11:53
thumbnail

Complete with integrated Wi-fi capabilities the Ui24R Recording and Mixing System can operate almost anywhere with unprecedented control and access.

24 May 2017 12:51
thumbnail

Following CITES agreement last year, Fender has announced that their Elite guitar and bass range will be subject to strict regulation and substitution of woods.

23 May 2017 12:21
thumbnail

A reinterpretation of its predecessor, the Moog Subsequent 37 CV Analog Synth builds upon a cumulative effort between Moog and the very people who play them.

18 May 2017 16:00
thumbnail

With the advent of various new files formats and the cancelling of several licensing programs, the MP3 is speculated to soon become a thing of the past.

17 May 2017 12:40