Steinway & Sons Names Brian Hunter as Director of Concert & Artist Activities

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Will be Liason in the Americas to Company's Roster of More than 1,500 Steinway Artists.

I strongly believe that his experience as a performer provides him with insight that will be invaluable in working with our talented Steinway Artists.

Steinway & Sons today announced the hiring of Brian Hunter as Director of Concert & Artist Activities. In this role, Brian will be the liaison in the Americas for the company's roster of more than 1,500 Steinway Artists. He will be tasked with finding new and innovative ways to further strengthen the partnerships between the best pianists in the world and the maker of the world's finest pianos. Brian succeeds Peter Goodrich, who retired in April after 35 years with Steinway & Sons.

Brian comes to Steinway & Sons from Joseph H. Conlin Concert & Travel Management, where he was a partner since 1992 and president since 2007. In his time there, he created dozens of successful music cruises and land tours featuring well-known pianists, singers, and instrumentalists, including Steinway Artists Max Barros, Gins Berzins, Bruce Brubaker, Burcin Büke, John De Maio, Richard Dowling, Alan Gampel, Grant Johannesen, Burkhard Schliessmann, Peter Mack, and Einar Steen-Nökleberg. His responsibilities ranged from the hiring and programming of musicians, to creation of all promotional materials, to actually performing and serving as tour conductor/MC for many of the events. As a concert manager, Brian has presented classical artists in venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, among many others.

In addition to working directly with musicians for almost two decades, Brian is himself an accomplished musician, as a classical and Irish tenor. He received a B.A. in Music, an M.A. in Teaching of Music, and a B.A. in Computer Science from Herbert H. Lehman College. He performed for a decade with the famed Welch Chorale of St. Philip Neri, performed a number of roles in the Palm Beach Opera from 1998-2000, and was a winner of the 1995 IBLA (Sicily) Grand Prize Competition and the 2001 Savannah American Traditions Competition. Brian has been a member of The Musicians Club of New York since 1998, served on its board since 2007, and was named president of the organization in 2008.

"I am very excited about what Brian brings to Steinway & Sons," said Ron Losby, President, Steinway & Sons – Americas. “He combines incredible knowledge of the music industry with a very successful track record of managing and promoting concerts and events. In addition, I strongly believe that his experience as a performer provides him with insight that will be invaluable in working with our talented Steinway Artists."

"Brian brings fresh, innovative ideas and experience in taking advantage of interactive technologies in everything he does," added Todd Sanders, Vice President, Sales & Marketing. "We're very much looking forward to watching some of Brian's exciting ideas unfold over the coming months. Steinway Artists are never paid to endorse our pianos, so we try to thank them for their loyalty by having the best Concert & Artist program in the industry. I know that Brian is going to make our great program even better."

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Anthony Gilroy
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