In the late 1970s during a concert in Vienna, Peterson turned to his impresario, Norman Granz, with the words: "Dammit, Norman, where does this box go? I also gotta have such a thing!" This was the beginning of great friendship. Peterson not only treasured his own personally selected Bösendorfer piano model 290 Imperial. He also performed at Bösendorfers 175th Anniversary Concert “A night in Vienna” at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. 2002 he was honoured to receive as one of the first and only the Bösendorfer Lifetime Achievement Award. The Oscar Peterson Signature Edition Grand was created in collaboration with the “Estate of Oscar Peterson” which preserves Peterson’s legacy. It is limited to 12 Bösendorfer Grands and is available in size 200 to 290. Each instrument will have a Collector's Edition plate bearing Peterson’s lion logo and signature. Included with each instrument is a book “Oscar, With Love” with never before released compositions, all recorded in his home studio on his treasured Bösendorfer Imperial Piano.
Dammit, Norman, where does this box go? I also gotta have such a thing!
Oscar Peterson looks at the Bösendorfer 290 Imperial for the first time in Vienna
Sit Besides Oscar Peterson
In the early 1980s, Bösendorfer Artist sat down on a piano bench and pressed a “record” button. He then poured the full power, joy and expression of his musical prowess into the performance of 13 tunes. These digital recordings, which captured extremely accurate key and pedal data of Peterson’s performances, have been meticulously rescued and converted to a modern-day format. With just one touch of a button, the instrument’s keys and pedals come alive, moving up and down to recreate Peterson’s original performances, just as he played them 40 years ago.
The Oscar Peterson Signature Edition Player Grand with built-in Yamaha Disklavier technology is only available in the US and Canada.
Signature Colletctor's Edition
Oscar Peterson Signature Edition plate, notes & gilding
Concert Grand action geometry guarantees optimal play and controllability
Independent Capo d’Astro for perfect adjustment in the descant registry
Sophisticated processing of European raw materials exclusively
Resonance body out of Austrian spruce resonance wood
Hand spun Bösendorfer bass strings
Handcrafted in Austria