In 2005 the Irish Government purchased 57 Steinway grand pianos for the Cork School of Music. At the time this was the largest order that Steinway had ever received in their 154 year history. All the pianos were built in Hamburg Germany and delivered to Cork during the summer of 2008. Shortly after their delivery I began photographing the pianos in their new home. The School now has the largest collection of Steinway pianos in the the world. The concept for the project was that each photograph would feature a different piano. Since all the pianos look the same I decided to break down the photographs into four classifications, portrait, abstract, study rooms and architecture.
Listening to the radio one morning I heard this soul singer who sounded fantastic. The DJ said her name was Laura Izibor and from Dublin and had recently signed a contract with Atlantic Records in the United States. I contacted her management and outlined the Steinway project to them and they agreed that she would take part. Even though she was barely twenty Laura was building up a steady reputation for herself and had previously worked with artists Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin. When Laura arrived she was full of energy and played the piano for two hours. In the fortnight prior to the exhibition opening Laura released her debut album which entered at number 27 on the U.S Billboard Chart as well as singing at the White House for President Obama and his family.