Among the most popular and widely played pianos in the world are those crafted by Baldwin.
Created by Cincinnati-based piano teacher Dwight Hamilton Baldwin in the late 1800's, the company was formed with the intention of building "the best piano that could be built", and there are many performers who would say that Baldwin succeeded. When the company first launched there were questions about whether or not it could compete with the firmly established German producers, but all reservations were swept away in 1900 when Baldwin won the Grand Prix at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, making it the first American piano manufacturer to win the award. In 1965, the company began producing its B243 and B247 models, which have become the most popular pianos in the world and remain a company stalwart to this day.
Many of the biggest names in music prefer Baldwin pianos, such as Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass, Igor Stravinsky, John Williams, Ray Charles, Stephen Soundheim, Lady Gaga and Dave Brubeck.