Pianos New York NY

The piano was invented in the early 1700’s and debuted in Italy. There have been many changes since the first piano was made. Basically it’s a stringed keyboard instrument that requires hand eye coordination. The piano creates a distinct sound that can be appreciated alone or in combination with other instruments. Learning to play the piano is a rewarding experience and pianists are paid very well. Today there are a wide variety of pianos in different styles, shapes and sizes. There are two types of pianos: vertical and horizontal. Horizontal pianos are also known as grand pianos. Vertical pianos include spinet, console, studio and upright and grand pianos include petite, baby, medium, parlor, ballroom and concert. It’s important to research what piano fits your style and needs before committing to buy one. Here you will find local piano shops around New York that can help you get started.

Macys Pianos
(212) 268-7266
151 W 34Th St
New York, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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Pro Piano
(212) 206-8794
637 W 27Th St
New York, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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Rock And Soul Electronics, Inc.
(212) 273-9630
462 7Th Ave
New York, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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Wind Instrument Center
(212) 730-1569
701 7Th Ave
New York, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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Steinway Hall
(212) 246-1100
109 W 57Th St
New York, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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Bosendorfer New York
(212) 684-1956
200 Lexington Ave Rm 902
New York, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Sound Reinforcement

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Sam Ash Music Stores
(212) 719-2299
160 West 48th Street
New York, NY
 
Rogue Music
(212) 629-3708
251 W 30Th St
New York, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, DJ Equipment

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E Village Music Store
(212) 991-4930
21 E 3Rd St
New York, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment
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Instrument Rental: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
East Village Music Store offers a wide variety of repair and maintenance services for most types of pro gear!
For a full listing of services that we offer, click on the following link:
www.evmnyc.com/repairs.html
Hours
Monday - Saturday 12:00pm - 8:00pm Sunday - CLOSED

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Univ Musical Inst Co
(212) 254-6917
732 Broadway
New York, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Print Music

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Ryuichi Sakamoto on Composing, Creativity, and Conscience

skmt_live_rama“The piano is the closest instrument in my life,” visionary Japanese composer and instrumentalist Ryuichi Sakamoto tells me during a recent visit to his Manhattan studio. “I started playing piano when I was three, and I still do, even now. I compose on it, and often go back to it to perform orchestral music I have written. So the piano is always with me.”

Sakamoto’s pianistic, electronic, and compositional work has been revered the world over for more than three decades. From his groundbreaking, synth-centric work in Yellow Magic Orchestra, to his soaring scores for films such as Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and The Last Emperor (the latter of which won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1987), Sakamoto’s work transcends boundaries of style and form—always seemingly effortlessly.

Your new double album Playing the Piano/Out of Noise seems to represent two very distinct sides of your musical personality. How did the pairing come about?

Well, the albums are different. The first one, Playing the Piano, is a piano album, and is a compilation of two albums I made in 2004 and 2005. The second one, Out of Noise, is my latest solo album, and it’s more electronic. They’re from different places, but the record label wanted to release them as one. And that’s okay. [Laughs.]

I was struck by the wide spectrum of apparent musical influences on Playing the Piano. There are nods to composers like Debussy, Astor Piazzolla, and Antonio Carlos Jobim on it. Who were your musical influences when you were coming up?

My influences are really wide. When I started playing the piano, I played Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. After Beethoven, I encountered Debussy when I was 12 or 13, and I was totally into it. Then, naturally, I followed with Ravel, Bartok, Stravinsky—and then Messiaen, Boulez, Stockhausen, and so on. But around the same time, I encountered the music of the Beatles! So it was almost like parallel universes: pop and rock on one side, and classical music on the other. When I entered high school, I started listening to jazz, and when I went to university, I studied ethnic music. So it’s always been like that. It still is, even now.

In the liner notes of your new album, you say, “As people get older, normally their ears close to new sounds. My ears get more open as I get older—I hear something surprising every day.” Are you always listening to new music?

Yes, but new music doesn’t mean only recent music. It could be very old music. For example, when I grew up, we didn’t have many recordings of Renaissance or medieval music. So I never heard or listened to it. Now, there are countless recordings of that music, but it’s totally new to me. Other new sounds—like this guy. [Sakamoto reaches over and plays an RMI Electra-Piano.] I think this RMI is one of the earliest electronic pianos. I love my Roland EP-10 as well. I’m also excited about my new Yamaha Celeste and Kawai toy piano. So that’s probably my natural ...

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