P I A N O   3 0 0
Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos


Cynthia Adams Hoover


Cynthia Adams Hoover, curator of Musical Instruments at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, has had the privilege of working with the museum's superb collection of over 180 pianos since 1961.

Through the support of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, Hoover has studied the changing intersections of technology, culture, and commerce during the piano's three hundred years.

Along with promoting the PIANO 300 celebration, she has written articles about the piano (especially the developments in America), and is co-editor with Edwin M. Good of the annotated diary of William Steinway. Hoover is a contributor to "Piano Roles: Three Hundred Years of Life with the Piano," published by Yale University Press in 1999.

The piano has been part of her life since her youth in western Nebraska and through her years at Wellesley College, Harvard and Brandeis Universities.


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