Tickling the ivories has never been glitzier. Piano restoration company Piano Solutions XXI has announced New York Serenade, a custom Steinway & Sons grand piano that has been augmented with over 164,000 handset cubic zirconia stones under a glass-like polyester finish. A matching bench includes over 7,5000 stones.
Gene Korolev, president and founder of Piano Solutions XXI and his daughter, Katherine Banyasz took over a year to complete this creation. Katherine created a unique initial concept for New York Serenade custom piano. “It was essential for my design to reflect the independent spirit of the Roaring 20’s, when both jazz and the American dream were rattling the world,” says Banyasz.
The design has the New York skyline on the piano lid, while each piano leg mimics New York’s skyscrapers. Imagery of Central Park, Grand Central Station, the Brooklyn Bridge, Cotton Club, and Steinway Hall are featured across the body of the piano completed in an Art Deco style, reminiscent of the era’s popular aesthetic. Overlapping dancing figures set in the background show images of swing dancers while telling the story of a couple enjoying their time in the Big Apple. Standing close to the piano allows you to capture images of musical instruments overlaid with a ghost-like effect.
The piano has a Live-Performance Model LX high-resolution player system built in, with an advanced trap-work mechanism that displays self-moving pedals designed and developed by Gene Korolev. This allows the piano to play music from any wireless source -including computers and tablets. A mini iPad with an unlimited music library also comes with the piano.
For more information on Piano Solutions XXI, please visit http://www.pianosxxi.com or call (818) 503-0800. The piano can be previewed at their private boutique showroom and workshop in Hollywood by appointment only.