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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

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