Inside Salk; Salk Insitute

A grand gift

Salk president Bill Brody

Salk president Bill Brody, a classically trained pianist, takes a seat at #191—a spectacular Steinway concert grand piano.

Thanks to the generosity of Conrad Prebys, trustee and dedicated Salk supporter, the Institute is now home to a one-of-a-kind Steinway concert grand piano. Once part of an elite "piano bank," where an exclusive inventory of concert grand pianos was maintained for the use of performing artists, this particular Steinway was well known as number 191—a highly sought-after instrument regularly requested by local and visiting world-class pianists performing in San Diego. The piano has graced stages throughout the county and has a long, rich history of being played by some of the best musicians in the world.

"Having this exceptional piano at the Salk can offer new opportunities to reach out to musicians and the community alike with music," said William R. Brody, president of Salk and an accomplished musician in his own right. "We are extremely grateful and appreciative of Conrad's generosity with this wonderful donation."