A little-known practice piano in UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall is laden with musical history. A gift from the estate of actor Edward G. Robinson, it bears the signatures of some of the 20th century’s greatest composers and musicians. Among them are Igor Stravinsky, Jascha Heifetz, Sergei Prokofiev and Vladimir Horowitz.
The piano’s custodian is Gary Gray, a professor of woodwind studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He gives us the full tour.