Alie Lindberg's piano is to be seen on Europe stamp

May 9th, 2014 is glad to inform that Alie Lindberg's piano will be depicted on Europe stamp. Alie Lindberg from Kastelholm was an exceptional woman of her time. At the end of the 1800s, she gained great recognition as a concert pianist on the great European stages, and she studied for piano legend Franz Liszt. The motif for this year’s Europe stamp is Alie’s grand piano which is now in the possession of the Åland Museum.

Born on 19 May 1849 as the daughter of a Kastelholm jailer, Alie Lindberg displayed her great talent at the piano already at the age of five. At the age of ten, clergyman Frans Petter von Knorring helped her in going to Helsinki where she attended school and took piano lessons. By then, she was already skilled enough to play as a concert pianist. Alie’s talent later took her to Europe where she made quite an impression on Franz Liszt, perhaps the best known pianist in the world at the time. She studied for Liszt for quite some time.

In 1983, Alie Lindberg’s grand piano was donated to the Åland Museum. However difficult to prove, it is claimed that it was, in fact, Franz Liszt who helped Alie choose this exact instrument – a Duysen. Today it is included in the collections of the Åland Museum. Photographer Kjell Söderlund has immortalized the patinated instrument for this year’s Europe stamp.

“The wear and tear of the keys tells a story of hours, weeks and years of use. It was quite fascinating”, he says.