This Heintzman Grand piano was owned by Helen and Howard Boatwright and was purchased at their Estate sale in approximately 2011. It was purchased by a prominent collector and has been been maintained in their home. It is in exellent condition both structurally and musically.
The price is five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) and the piano can be seen by appointment in Central New York.
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HEINTZMAN PIANO CO.
The firm was incorporated in 1866 in Toronto, Ontario by Theodor AugustHeintzman, who was born in Berlin, 19 May 1817, and who emigrated to Canada in 1860, following a brief residence inNew York. The story that Heintzman worked in the same Berlin piano factory as (and emigrated from Germany with) Henry E. Steinway, who went on to found Steinway & Sons, is unconfirmed, but is typical of comparisons that were often later made between the instruments that their two firms produced.
Following his arrival in Toronto, Heintzman began to produce pianos from his residence (he is said to have worked initially from his kitchen) and then went on to open his first factory at 23 Duke St. By May 1868 Heintzman had relocated operations to 105 King St W and was soon turning out more than 60 pianos a year. By 1873 the company had moved to 115-17 King St W where there was space for a factory, offices, and sales rooms. The company was operated by Theodore Heintzman until his death in 1899, when his sons took over operation of the company.
The organisation continued to grow throughout the 1870s, and by 1879 had turned out its thousandth instrument. By 1884 the number of pianos completed reached nearly 2000, and a new factory was built in the West Toronto suburb of Toronto. (Heintzman Street marks the location of the factory today.) All production was moved to the new factory in 1888 and output began to climb steeply.
During her career, she worked with many important figures in the world of music, including conductorsLeopold Stokowski, Erich Leinsdorf, Seiji Ozawa and Zubin Mehta. She also performed with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood in the 1940s, sang opposite tenorMario Lanza in his operatic stage debut, and performed for president John F. Kennedy at theWhite House in the East Room. 1963. In 1954, she became the first person to record a full-length album of Ives' songs, 24 Songs, with pianist John Kirkpatrick. She also studied with composer Normand Lockwood. Another particular favorite composer of hers wasHugo Wolf. She knew his songs intimately, and in her later years she nearly always included a set or even an entire half of a recital of his work.
She met her future husband,violinistHoward Boatwright(who died in 1999), in Los Angeles in 1941 when they were to perform in a NationalFederation of Music Clubscompetition. They married two years later, on June 25, 1943, and had three children. They performed together throughout their married life in North America, Europe, and India. Many of her husband's compositions for voice were written for her. Other notable orchestral and choral groups she sang with werePaul Hindemith's Collegium Musicum,Alfred Mann's Cantata Singers, and Johannes Somary's Amor Artis Chorale.
In 2003, Syracuse University presented Boatwright with anhonorary doctor of music degree. Boatwright continued to study music and teach, and in 2006, she celebrated her 90th birthday with a standing-room only concert at St. David's Episcopal Church inDeWitt, New York.