Thanks to the generosity of donors, UQ's School of Music has acquired a nine-foot Concert Grand Steinway piano.

The addition was particularly exciting for Professor Margaret Barrett, Head of the School of Music, who as an advocate for exceptional music instruments, led the campaign for the piano’s purchase.

“The School of Music is grateful for the support of donors. The piano constitutes a central component of our performance, teaching and research activities, and will provide a world-class platform for musical engagement between our students, performance staff and the broader community,” Professor Barrett said.

In 2010, Professor Barrett began working with the University, looking for the financial support needed to purchase a new piano. The result was a decision to pool more general donations, mostly under $400, which came from a diverse group of UQ supporters scattered around the state, country and the world. From that point on, gifts were pooled until $320,000 was raised, allowing for the purchase of the Steinway directly from Hamburg, Germany and establishment of a maintenance fund.

Now, UQ is one of the very few places in Queensland with two Steinways (the School was already in possession of a 1970s Steinway, fully renovated in 2010).

“UQ’s cultural capital has been significantly enhanced, as the world-class instrument will help us as academics and encourage students in artistic investigation and creative work,” she said.

“Students have already begun practising with the piano for workshops and master classes and will be using it for performance exams.”

In October 2012, the Steinway piano made its first public debut as the feature of a Global Leadership Series event The Tools of Musical Collaboration for an audience of donors, alumni and community members.

Pictured above Dr Liam Viney (r) & Dr Anna Grinberg (l).