“I know a professor who painted a piano…”
“WHAT? That damages the sound! How could he? Was it an old junker?”
“Actually, it was a Steinway…”
- Conversation backstage before an orchestra concert last week
You can cause some damage if you just start slapping paint on a piano in any old way. The frame of the piano affects the sound and resonance of the entire instrument.
It’s another thing if you are a trained artist, commissioned by Steinway to create one of their limited edition or special pianos. There are some absolute beauties that have been created over the years, and one recent one - called "Pictures at an Exhibition" is particularly stunning.