What Is a Fazioli Piano?
The answer to this question starts in 1944 in Rome, Italy. That’s when Paolo Fazioli—the man who would later build the piano factory that carries his family’s name—was born. The Faziolis were a family of furniture makers, so Paolo grew up surrounded by rare and exotic woods such as teak, mahogany, and rosewood.
However, his passion for music led him to earn a diploma in piano at the G. Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, and a master’s degree in music composition at the Academy of St. Cecilia. He also received a degree in mechanical engineering.
Even though Paolo Fazioli was involved in the family business alongside his brothers, he never gave up his dream of building the world’s finest grand pianos. And his dream became a reality at the end of the 1970s when the Fazioli Factory for Pianos became realized within the existing furniture plant. In 1979, Paolo started designing the first prototype for a grand piano. The factory has been manufacturing pianos ever since.
Where Are Fazioli Pianos Made?
All the pianos are made in Sacile, Italy, a town located about 40 miles north of Venice. Up until 1998, the pianos were manufactured in the small factory that was part of the furniture plant. After that, the company purchased an area of approximately 150,000 sq. ft. next to the existing factory and moved production to the new location. The new facility includes a laboratory for acoustic research and a concert hall in which new instruments can be tested.
A few years later, the Fazioli Concert Hall was completed. The hall, which is equipped with variable acoustic equipment, is suitable for instrument testing, concerts, and recording.
How Many Pianos Does Fazioli Make a Year?
Opening the new factory meant that production could increase. In 2001, the company was making approximately 100 pianos each year. Then, in 2004, production finally exceeded 100 units due to larger orders from all over the world being placed. Currently, the company builds less than 150 pianos per year, in six sizes from 5′ 2″ to 10′ 2″—the last one being one of the largest pianos in the world, with even further distinction as having four pedals.