Billy Joel gives away his Bösendorfer

Billy Joel gives away his Bösendorfer


norman lebrecht

December 26, 2013

The pop pianist has given his prized piano to Stony Brook University on Long Island, his alma mater.

It’s the second piano he has given to the campus and it’s an unusual one, with 97 keys, valued at $250,000.

Story here.



Here’s Billy Joel talking about not being Beethoven.


  • Alma mater? I’m pretty sure he never even graduated high school.

  • Julia says:

    As I read the news, the piano wasn’t his, and was donated though his Joel Foundation. Not his alma mater, btw. Still, a very nice gesture, and the 2nd piano he’s given the school,

    • Michael says:

      Nice story,it reminded me of:

      “Is it correct that Grigori Grigorievich Grigoriev won a luxury car at the All-Union Championship in Moscow?”

      “In principle, yes. But first of all it was not Grigori Grigorievich Grigoriev, but Vassili Vassilievich Vassiliev; second, it was not at the All-Union Championship in Moscow, but at a Collective Farm Sports Festival in Smolensk; third, it was not a car, but a bicycle; and fourth he didn’t win it, but rather it was stolen from him.”

  • Bang Bang says:

    must be a b****r to tune.