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My View: How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall? Start in N.J. at Forte Piano

My View: How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall? Start in N.J. at Forte Piano

About 20 minutes from the Upper West Side in NYC is one of the foremost piano dealers in the country.  Forte Piano on Rt 4 in Paramus and it’s owner jazz and classical pianist extraordinaire Vladimir Zaslavsky offer all levels of pianists one of the finest selections of pianos on the planet.  Although it’s specialty is fine instruments such as Boesendorfer , Schimmel, Kawai, and others, Vladimir is also an expert in the world of electronic instruments and has a wide variety of state of the art electronic pianos for sampling.  It’s a pianists dream come true to wonder through the store and press the keys.  Very reminiscent of the times I’ve spent in the now gone Steinway Hall on 57th street trying out pianos in it’s famed basement where the likes of Van Cliburn and Horowitz picked out their instruments.  Forte Piano also has a small concert hall in the “back of the store” and last night’s concert by the Dixie Rascals Sextet was a sell out.  11 Miles from 57th street…..Forte Piano  159 Route 4 Paramus NJ. I’m sure Vladimir Horowitz would have travelled out to see Vladimir Zaslavsky.

Vladimir Zaslavsky

Eda Sorokoff

Vladimir Zaslavsky

Forte Piano

Vladimir Zaslavsky

The Piano Man

Vladimir, Cynthia Sayer, banjo ,Mike Weatherly, bass Joe Licari, Clarinet, Rudy Petschauer, drums, Barry Bryson, Trumpet/Leader, Harvey Tibbs, Trombone


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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