Grotrian Steinweg

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It takes centuries of tradition and constant refinement in the piano-making craft to produce an instrument with such magnificent acoustic properties. The Concertino looks like an upright, but sounds like a grand piano.

Grotrian's history for 180 years

PIONEERING SPIRIT

The piano manufacturer GROTRIAN is family-owned and currently in the fifth and sixth generations. Across the years one thing has never changed: the love for music. This has always been and still remains the motivation even for unusual steps. In 1830 Friedrich Grotrian left Germany to establish a music business in Moskva. The town prospered and attracted many musicians like Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt and A. Rubinstein. Friedrich Grotrian maintained close relationships with many pianists and got to know their preferences. He started to build pianos. Pianos, which were loved by pianists.

GROTRIAN parent firm, Braunschweig, Bohlweg 48, around 1860.
GROTRIAN parent firm, Braunschweig, Bohlweg 48, around 1860.

PARTNERSHIP

When Friedrich Grotrian returned to his home country, he became partner of a piano factory which was founded in 1835.
In 1865 the Grotrian family took over the remaining shares of the company and from this time the Grotrian family is the only owner of the company until today. Some years later the company was taken over by Wilhelm Grotrian, who phrased the important motto for Grotrian in telling his sons: Lads, build good pianos and the rest willtake care of itself.

Friedrich Grotrian
Friedrich Grotrian

INSPIRATIONS

In the end of the 19th century Wilhelm Grotrian sent his sons Kurt and Willi on an international journey to gain experience in piano building. They combined their newly acquired knowledge with the craftsmanship inherent in Germany. Along with other important inventions, some that continue to be important for the piano trade as a whole to this day, the combination of knowledge and craftsmanship led to the Grotrian star- shaped back-frame and the popular upright piano.

Wilhelm Grotrian
Wilhelm Grotrian
Willi & Kurt Grotrian-Steinweg
Willi & Kurt Grotrian

CONTINUITY

The generations that followed continued to develop revolutionary innovations for the piano. The Grotrian piano factory was completely destroyed in the Second World War, but thanks to the persevering energy and courage of Helmut and Erwin Grotrian, the sons of Kurt Grotrian, the production was restored very soon after the war.

Helmut & Erwin Grotrian-Steinweg
Helmut & Erwin Grotrian

FACING THE FUTURE

Knut Grotrian (5th generation) constructed a new factory in 1974, which continues to be the place of production today it is located in “Grotrian Street” in Braunschweig. The basis of our tradition remains unchanged: a unique tone and love for music.

Knut Grotrian-Steinweg
Knut Grotrian

Between 2000 and 2016, the piano maker and businessman, Burkhard Stein, headed the family business, Grotrian, as managing director. His grandfather and father were piano builders so piano manufacturing was something he was already endowed with as a newborn in his cradle. For the first time in 1984, he started working for Grotrian, undergoing training as a piano builder at the time. During the years he was responsible for the long-established company, he successfully expanded the sales and distribution of Grotrian instruments in Asia and the USA. In addition, among other things, he internationalized the Grotrian Piano Competition which was established in 1954.

Burkhard Stein
Burkhard Stein

With economic effect from April 01, 2015, the Grotrian Company, which was founded in 1835, had a new shareholder, the Parsons Music Group, a family-run business with headquarters in Hong Kong, having been founded in 1986. Worldwide, the Parsons Music Group employs approximately 5,000 people and operates approximately 100 of its own music stores in China and Hong Kong alone and cooperates with more than 500 other music stores in China. Furthermore, the Parsons Music Group maintains its own manufacturing facilities for pianos, piano components, guitars and other musical instruments, as well as a sawmill and a sawmill and an iron foundry in China. With this economically powerful shareholder, the Grotrian Company has a secure foundation to master the challenges of the future. The goal is to maintain and further develop the reputation of the brand that the Grotrian has built up over the course of their 180-year company history. At its location in Braunschweig, highly qualified and experienced members of staff continue to manufacture Grotrian grand and upright pianos by hand at the highest level of quality.

Artists Gallery

First Choice: »From now on this piano and no other«, said the celebrated pianist Clara Schumann after playing a GROTRIAN. She was not the only one: many well-known musicians and composers prefer GROTRIAN instruments from Braunschweig (Germany).

Drawing Clara Schumann

CLARA SCHUMANN

Clara SchumannClara Schumann was very famous and named together with Chopin and Liszt. As the wife of Robert Schumann she made his compositions known all over Europe by her. She played for Goethe, was acquainted with Paganini and Brahms. She played her concerts solely on her own Grotrian piano. This very piano today is part of the collection of historic instruments in the municipal museum of Braunschweig.

PAUL HINDEMITH

Paul HindemithPaul Hindemith described his love for Grotrian with the following words: »One time a Grotrian admirer, always ditto. I have been starting with this very early.«His compositions count to the most exceptional ones of that time. Family Hindemith was in good and creative pen friend correspondence with family Grotrian.

IVO POGORELICH

Ivo PogorelichSince the 1980’s Ivo Pogorelich is one of the most demanded concert pianists in the world. His playing is sophisticated and he knows how to create nuance of tone. He enjoys his own Grotrian Concert 225 which is located in his summer residence. He often expresses his compliments to Grotrian.

JULIE ANDREWS

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews is a singer and an actress. In 1965 she received an Oscar for her role in the film »Mary Poppins« She published several recordings with original and classic popular songs.

JEAN FRANCAIX

Jean FrancaixThe pianist and composer Jean Francaix broke through at only 20 years of age with his Concertino for Piano. He became known with his concerts for harpsichord, piano and organ. He said: »My wonderful piano, at the same time powerful and poetical.«

JACQUES LOUSSIER

Jacques Loussier»After this impressive production tour I understand the quality of Grotrian instruments which I hopefully may play very often,« said Jaques Loussier during his visit to the Grotrian factory in 2005. As the founder of the Play Bach trio which became famous by Bach Jazz interpretations he is very skilled with different piano makes.

WILHELM KEMPFF

Wilhelm Kempff»I have the impression that the Grotrian arose from the ruins to new shine relating richness of sound and delicacy of sound«, stated Wilhelm Kempff in the 1950’s after the Grotrian factory was rebuilt after the Second World War. Wilhelm Kempff’s recitals were celebrated all over the world. He mainly received this success by his interpretations of Schumann and Brahms.

GARRICK OHLSSON

Garrick OhlssonIn 2008 Garrick Ohlsson received a Grammy award for the best performance as the best solo performer without orchestra. The pianist preferred to use the word »admiration« for Grotrian instruments.

WALTER GIESEKING

Walter GiesekingWalter Gieseking found a Grotrian instrument to be the most cultivated piano in the world. Gieseking was not only known for his famous playing of Debussy and Mozart but he developed the Leimer-Gieseking-Method: This method means muscle relaxation, memory training and adhering to the original music text.

HANS WERNER HENZE

Hans Werner HenzeHans Werner Henzes musical roots lay in Braunschweig, the place of origin of the Grotrian instruments. This is where he started his musical education at the municipal school of music. After his studies in Heidelberg he collected experience in Italy, Austria and the United States. Henze created a wide-ranging spectrum of compositions which makes him one of the most played contemporary composers. From chamber music via oratorios to song cycles, many of his compositions were formed on his Grotrian grand.