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MARCEL GRANDJANY - HARPIST

Autographed 8.5” x 11” testimonial to Steinway on their 100th Anniversary by the French-American harpist, June 24, 1953.

Grandjany writes:

It is a sincere pleasure for me to extend my very best congratulations to the House of Steinway on its 100th Anniversary.  Today the Steinway occupies a unique and significant role of leadership throughout the World of music.  My deep appreciation of their splendid work and heartiest good wishes to Mr. Theodore E. Steinway, President of Steinway and Sons……

This testimonial was part of a book compiled by Steinway of leading musicians and singers who utilized their pianos in their concerts. 

Grandjany (1891-1975) was born in Paris.  He was a prodigy on the harp and studied with the impoverished Henriette Renié, who sent him to her teacher Alphonse Hasselmans at the Conservatoire when he outgrew her teaching.  Hasselmans won a first prize at the Conservatoire at the age of 13.  He remained at the Conservatory and won a second first prize in theory in 1909.  After his debut in 1908 with the concerts Lamoreaux, he was given a public recital and a career as a virtuoso harpist was born.  He toured Europe widely and also taught.  He was hired by Nadia Boulanger as the Harp Professor and Department Head at the American School at Fontainebleau in 1921 and remained until 1926.  He settled in the United States in 1936.  He became the Harp Department Chairman at Juilliard in 1938 and also taught at the Conservatoire in Quebec and the Manhattan School of Music. The harpist also composed many works and transcriptions for his instrument.   He founded the American Harp Society in 1962.  Grandjany is considered to be the finest virtuoso harpist of the 20th Century.