During the week November 14 the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, with guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu, began their latest recording with USA - harmonia mundi . The laureate pianist, Jon Nakamatsu, personally chose a Chupp's Piano service restored Steinway D (#267275) concert grand from our Ft Wayne Selection Center to use during the recordings with the Tokyo String Quartet. This instrument is for sale!
During the week of recording, Dennis Chupp was the sole tuner and piano technician responsible for insuring the highest quality of concert tuning, tone and action responsiveness for pianist Jon Nakamatsu.
The internationally lauded, and critically acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet , consisting of Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello), was founded in 1969 at the Julliard School of Music. Since the quartet was formed, they have developed an extensive library of over 40 celebrated recording and distinguished teachings and of late has performed over a hundred shows across the globe per season. Since 1995 the Tokyo String Quartet has performed and recorded on the world renown, invaluable "The Paganini Quartet" of Stradivarius instruments. Known for their incomparable sound quality, the "The Paganini Quartet" is one of only six sets of Stradivarius instruments known to currently exist.
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu, winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medal, is an accomplished artist whom maintains
an active touring schedule and is a favorite of music lovers across North America, Europe, and much more of the globe. Mr. Nakamatsu is known for diverse repertoire and brilliant musicianship and has performed at many prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, Warsaw's Philharmonic Hall, and Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.
It was a great honor, and an incredible experience to meet and work alongside this group of world renown musicians, as well as have one of our pianos be played in accompaniment with irreplaceable instruments like the "The Paganini Quartet" of Stradivarius instruments. At the conclusion of the recording session, all the members of the Tokyo String Quartet and pianist Jon Nakamatsu signed the Steinway Model D #267275 which is for sale in our Ft. Wayne Selection Center.
One of our most recent projects was the restoration of a unique 1927 Steinway & Sons Walnut Art-Case. We received the piano in rough, original condition. The walnut grain of the case was obscured due to aging of the finish, the veneer was completely missing in areas of the piano, and the cabinet had suffered water damage.
To return this rare instrument to its original beauty, we repaired the damaged areas, replaced the missing veneer,stained the cabinet in a warm, walnut hue, and applied a fully filled, hand-rubbed lacquer finish.