Steinway Piano

Steinway Giving Circle


Matched giving announced: Your gift doubled!

Help expand our musical possibilities

In Melbourne Recital Centre’s 10th Anniversary year, we are seeking to purchase a new Steinway Model C grand piano to match our existing instrument in the Primrose Potter Salon. This new instrument will expand the musical possibilities of the Centre, opening up the Primrose Potter Salon to a wide range of new repertoire and education opportunities.

Our goal is to raise $250,000 towards the purchase of this new instrument and we are seeking the support of piano lovers in our community to help make an important impact on the Centre’s capacity to support pianists of all career stages.

Double Your Impact – Matched Giving

We are thrilled to announce that until May 31 2019 every gift we receive towards this project will be matched dollar for dollar by Gandel Philanthropy, up to $100,000.

Join the Steinway Giving Circle

Whilst every gift helps us closer to our target, donors who contribute $500 or more to this project will become part of our Steinway Giving Circle. This group of committed piano lovers will enjoy a close relationship with the Centre’s fleet of Steinway instruments, and be invited to a special event to celebrate the arrival of the Centre’s new Steinway C.

Make a Donation

Every dollar raised supports initiatives that connect local artists, composers, fans and the general public with Contemporary music icons.

To discuss making a gift or for more information on becoming a Steinway Giving Circle patron, please contact:

Alistaire Bowler
Philanthropy Manager
(03) 9207 2653


This new instrument will enhance the musical possibilities of the Centre in the following ways:

  • Allow for the presentation of works from the extensive two piano repertoire on matching instruments
  • Provide artists with a choice of Steinway pianos for recitals in the Primrose Potter Salon, just as a choice of Model D pianos is provided for performances in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
  • Allow for two matching Steinways to be made available for master classes so that both student and teacher can work on matching instruments
  • Provide a Steinway piano for use in the Primrose Potter Salon that is fewer than 10 years old. Whilst the current instrument has been maintained to an extremely high standard, pianos do begin to deteriorate from elite level concert conditions after approximately a decade of heavy use. The new instrument will help ensure that the high reputation of the Melbourne Recital Centre is maintained among local and international artists and audiences
  • Allow the Centre to offer the use of the older model C instrument to schools and student groups, whilst ensuring that the new instrument is reserved only for professional artists.
  • Allow the Centre to make the older Model C available to contemporary artists wanting to use a ‘prepared’ piano for more experimental works by adjusting the piano strings in unusual ways.

Our Supporters

Steinway Giving Circle

Benefactor Patron
Gandel Philanthropy

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John Calvert-Jones AM & Janet Calvert-Jones AO
Mr Brian Goddard
Dr Alastair Jackson AM
Lady Primrose Potter AC
Skipp Williamson & Carol Haynes

The Hon Susan Crennan and Dr Michael Crennan
Warwick and Paulette Bisley
Arnold and Mary Bram
Graeme and Angelina Wise

Bruce Parncutt AO

Tim Connard
Craig K Coulson
Roger Gillard & Sohwon Kim
Linda Herd
Jay Lee and Muriel Yang
Geoff & Jan Phillips
Professor Margaret Plant
Vivian Wei Wang

Jane Bloomfield
Kaye Cleary
Tim Connard
Craig Coulson
Timothy Fredman and Janine Sowden
Roger Gillard and Sohwon Kim
Linda Herd
Doug Hooley
Dianne Jacobs
Maria A Johnson
Dr Garry Joslin and Prof Dimity Reed AM
David Lee
Janet McDonald
Geoffrey and Jan Phillips
Professor Margaret Plant
David Poulton
Margaret Ross AM and Dr Ian Ross
Sirius Foundation
Vivian Wang
Dr Victor Wayne and Dr Karen Wayne OAM
Muriel Yang and Jay Lee