The Steinway grand piano was brought to Victoria by the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Principal, Robin Wood, having been purchased in Germany and transported via the Panama Canal to Victoria. It has served the VCM’s many generations of students, faculty and well-known visiting artists extremely well for over 50 years.
One of the school’s most treasured instruments, the Steinway has been at the VCM for the entire history of the school. However, after 54 years of service, the piano is now in need of critical refurbishment to keep it at the level required for concert performance.
Many notable Conservatory faculty and students have performed on this remarkable Steinway over the past half century, and the instrument has also been host to a long list of renowned visiting performers including Anton Kuerti, Laura O’Gorman, Jocelyn Abbott, Jane Coop, Martin Isepp, Jon Kimura Parker, Martin Stadfeld, Janina Fialkowska, and Angela Cheng, who chose the piano to use for her performances of all the Beethoven piano concertos with the Victoria Symphony in the Royal Theatre in 2016.
In May 2019, the Victoria Conservatory of Music launched a special campaign to save our beloved 1965 Steinway grand piano. The campaign began with a by-donation benefit concert on Sunday, May 26, hosted by Robert Holliston, Head of Keyboards at the VCM, and included several performances by our amazing keyboard faculty.
As noted by Robert Holliston in the Times Colonist interview (July 7, 2019), “It’s a legendary instrument”, but the piano is like “fine old crystal”. It should be used. But it requires a little TLC to stay in good form, a little refurbishment and regular maintenance.
We appreciate your support in keeping the Steinway grand piano at its best. To support the revitalization project, please visit Canadahelps.org and donate to the “Steinway Piano Refurbishment Fund”.