Henry Z. Steinway, great grandson of of Steinway & Sons piano company founder Henry Engelhard Steinway, passed away last week.
He was 93.
He was born in New York City in 1915 and became a Steinway & Sons apprentice in 1937. He worked his way up the ladder to chairman of the piano company’s board in 1977, where he served for three years.
Since his retirement in 1980, he served as a consultant to the company until his death on Sept. 18. He was the last of the Steinways to run the company, which was sold to the CBS Corporation in 1977. The company is now known as the Steinway Musical Instruments.
In 2007, Pres. George W. Bush presented Steinway with the National Medal of the Arts.
Rest in peace