Singer Songwriter Rufus Wainwright Becomes Newest Steinway Artist

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y., May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Steinway & Sons, makers of the world's finest pianos, announced today that acclaimed singer songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright has been named as a Steinway Artist. He joins a distinguished international roster of musicians  including Billy Joel, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Lang Lang and past music greats such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The announcement coincides with the release of Wainwright's new album, "Out of the Game."

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Says Wainwright: "I grew up playing my grandmother's 100 year old Steinway. That instrument is still the spiritual center of our family's musical legacy."

Affectionately referred to by Elton John as "the greatest songwriter on the planet" and praised by The New York Times for his "genuine originality," Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.  

Ron Losby, President, Steinway & Sons - Americas welcomed Wainwright to this exclusive roster adding: "Rufus Wainwright is a truly iconic musician and his love of Steinway pianos goes all the way back to his childhood. He will be a wonderful addition to our family of Steinway Artists."

About Rufus Wainwright:

Rufus Wainwright has recorded seven albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He has also written a classical opera and set Shakespeare sonnets to music. The son of folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, his latest album is the Mark Ronson produced "Out of the Game" – released by Decca Records on May 1st.

About Steinway & Sons:

Since 1853 Steinway pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty and investment value. Steinway remains the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists, and is the preferred piano of countless musicians, professional and amateur, throughout the world.

Media Contact: Rob Goldstone / David Wilson
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SOURCE Steinway & Sons

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