Pop Schuttler didn’t pick the best year to start a business in the United States. In 1929, as the stock market crashed and the country begin its long descent into the Great Depression, Schuttler left his job at a piano dealership to start his own music business in Indiana.
Thanks to hard work and perseverance, Schuttler, a German immigrant, eventually flourished, so much so that four generations later his family is still in the music business. This Thursday, Schuttler’s descendants, who now own Steinway dealerships in Nashville, Knoxville and Birmingham, will mark 85 years in business (the last 25 in Nashville) with a special celebration at Nashville’s Steinway Piano Gallery, 4285 Sidco Dr.
Over the years, the Nashville gallery has worked with numerous celebrities, including pianist-comedian Victor Borge and composer-pianist Marvin Hamlisch. “Our business also worked closely with [the Nashville Symphony’s late music director] Kenneth Schermerhorn, providing assistance in the late 1980s when the orchestra was working its way out of bankruptcy,” says Brandon Herrenbruck, vice president of marketing for the gallery.
In recognition of the gallery’s contributions to the city, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Steinway President Ron Losby will attend Thursday’s celebration.
The highlight of the evening will be a recital by William DeVan, a renowned pianist who has co-authored a comprehensive guide to the music of Robert Schumann.
The celebration and recital starts at 7 p.m. at the gallery and is free and open to the public.