Yellow week at Schimmel Pianos Chinese dealers visited Schimmel
12 July 2015
A selected group of 11 Chinese dealers had the great opportunity to visit the Schimmel manufacture, to learn details about the Schimmel instruments and to experience the German culture. Organised in cooperation with the Chinese importer Acton the trip included besides Braunschweig, Berlin, Rothenburg, Munich and the Bavarian Forest. In the Bavarian Forest the dealers were able to convince themselves of the exclusive wood quality Schimmel uses for their soundboards.
130 years Schimmel Pianos
„I was so proud to rent my first own workshop. A tiny room with two windows in the front.“ With his first workshop in Leipzig, with a size of just about 13qm, Wilhelm Schimmel laid the foundation stone for an unimagined success story.
Since then it has grown to the biggest family managed German manufacturer of pianos which has been established in a worldwide market. Since the founding, values like innovation, craftsmanship and tradition are the centre of activity. Whether with the creation of a small piano without back posts and a newly designed action, the legendary Schimmel K 213 Plexiglas, or the launch of the Schimmel Konzert Concept, Schimmel always worked on creating a family of grand and upright pianos which is ever more resonant, aesthetic and astonishing.
We are pleased to celebrate our 130-anniversary and look forward with confidence and joy.
Award for C116 Tradition
7 Juli, 2015
Our most favourite upright piano, C116 Tradition, has been awarded by the French magazine Pianiste. The „Maestro-Award“ is the last in a series of awards the C116 achieved for its musical quality and its good value. Consequently, the C116 is not only the most played German Piano but also the most awarded German piano model.
Schimmel C120 Elegance Manhattan for Sint Niklaas Krankenhaus, Belgium
6 Juli, 2015
Sokrates already observed: „Musical education is the most important part. Rhythm and harmony invade most deeply into the soul, giving it an elegant, characterful attitude.”
This statement is still relevant for us. Schimmel has been supporting the promotion of people through music for many decades.
For this reason, we are pleased that the Belgian hospital Sint Niklaas, which advocates by a collaboration of psychologists and doctors for music therapy needy people, has recently decided to purchase a mold C120 Elegance Manhattan. We are proud to be able to help that way.
Success on a full scale–The 3rd Schimmel Piano Competition NRW
8 June, 2015
On June 6/7, 2015 the 3rd Schimmel Piano Competition NRW took place at „Haus der Klaviere Gottschling“. About 40 competitors in the age between 8 and 19 years from Nordrhein Westfalen showed their remarkable pianistic abilities and underlined the high level oft he foreign years. Andreas Lobisch, the artistic director of the competition, was very satisfied with the tenor of the event and pointed out that the competition with its focus on classical music has been established within the musical youth education. Headed by Prof Gregor Weichert the professional jury awarded: twice the mainprize “Gold” (Anna Karacsonyi, 12 years from Marl und Jean Chu, 16 years from Aachen) and seven times the mainprize “Silver” (Ramin Nashir, 8 years from Dorsten, Lisa Itakura, 9 years from Düsseldorf, Tin Yu Li, 10 years and Jingqi Katharina Xie, 12 years, Michelle Woo, 12 years from Bonn, Antonia Koch, 16 years from Bochum und Jana Karaveinikowa, 14 years from Düsseldorf), as well as many special prizes. The prizewinners' concert will take place on June 14, 2015 at 4 pm at “Haus der Klaviere Gottschling”.
Alexandra Dariescu plays on the Schimmel K280
17. Mai 2015
"Tonight was awesome! Standing ovation […] and sold out CDs… .“, Alexandra Dariescu is reporting on Facebook right after her concert. On May 16, 2015 the highly acclaimed Romanian pianist performed on the Schimmel K280, supplied by Peregrine's Pianos, the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in Maidstone, England. She was accompanied by the Maidstone Symphony Orchestra – one of the UK’s finest "community" orchestras.
More information: www.peregrines-pianos.com/news
Schimmel K230 LIVE in London
7. Mai 2015
With a voice that 'combines pinpoint purity with an engaging warmth and beauty' (Opera Now, April 2015). TheBritish soprano Carolyn Sampson officially launched her debut solo recital disc ‘Fleurs’ at April’s Rhinegold LIVE in London. Her interpretations of early music were accompanied by the pianist Joseph Middleton playing on the Schimmel grand piano K230 Tradition, supplied by Peregrine Pianos. Rhinegold LIVE is a concert series which aims to offer a unique and informal take on the classical recital experience which is aligned twice a month in the Conway Hall in London. Each 50-minute recital is followed by an informal Q&A with the artist(s) and a Rhinegold editor while drinking a glass of wine.
More information: www.rhinegold.co.uk/live/
Madame Tussauds: Wax figur of Udo Jürgens in Berlin
5. Mai 2015
Just three months after the sudden death of Udo Jürgens his German fans had the opportunity to honor him again. In the past two months his wax figure stood at Madame Tussauds in Berlin. Unlike at its usual location in Vienna, the artist posed at the original Schimmel Glas grand piano that accompanied him many years on his concert tours.
Sabel Coperation in China
1. Februar 2015
The Sabel factory was founded in Switzerland. In 1779, Sabel became a Schimmel family brand that Erna Schimmel-Maurhofer, born in Switzerland, brought into the Schimmel Family. Since then the brand Sabel belongs to Schimmel. Sabel instruments are made in Europe for selected markets in Europe and in China. In addition to customers for high quality German instruments, the goals is to achieve customer groups for the entry-level segment.
Schimmel Concert Tour in China with Roman Rofalski
27. Januar 2015
Recently the Jazz pianist Roman Rofalski concerted for Schimmel Pianos in China. The concert tour went through five cities: Hebei Shijiazhuang, Liaoning Province, Dalian, Sichuan Chendu, GuangZhou ShenZhen. With a perfect combination of classical and jazz music, he inspired the enthusiastic audience.
Schimmel Piano Competition NRW 2015
9. Januar 2015
The Schimmel piano competition represents a new opportunity. It was conceived by successful and experienced pianists and piano teachers and has elements that distinguish it from other competitions. To keep alive the Vienna Classic by young musicians, the event demands a slow movement from this era as a central piece of repertoire accenting the creative power of the players. This part is mainly aimed at players whose virtuosity can make a convincing musical statement. The jury is composed of judges from universities / colleges of music, from the field of youth education (music school, piano teachers) and the German trade press from the full range of educational training pathways, thus having competence in dealing with all ages. It is complemented by "non-specialist" musicians (no pianists / piano teachers), which enriches the jury with the perscpective of a "non-pianist" musician. Jury members are Prof. Gregor Weichert (Vorsitz), Prof Wolfgang Mechsner, Annette Strootmann, Andreas Lobisch (artistic leader), Carsten Dürer.
Deadline: 22. April 2015
NDR documentation about Schimmel
5. Januar 2015
„Made in northern Germany“
Since 130 years the traditional company manufacturers grand and upright pianos and is still under family management. It is a craft of old school that piano manufacturers, carpenter, locksmith and wood technicians has to master. You can feel the attention to details everywhere. Many musicians swear by the quality from Lower Saxony, including the jungle doctor Albert Schweitzer, who got delivered a topicalized piano to Africa or Udo Jürgens, who became famous by the Schimmel acrylic grand piano. The star in this film tells the special relationship with his pianos of Schimmel. A film by Heinrich Bill Stein.
„The world needs music“
22. Dezember 2014
Udo Jürgens has dedicated his life to that statement. His songs excited millions of people from all over the world. With his lyrics, he touched the hearts of the people. When he sang about hope, worries and fears, the contents of his songs enriched and pleased his audience. We at Schimmel always profited from Udo Jürgens, respected his lifetime of work and are happy that we were able to join him with our instruments over decades. Firstly, on the Jungfraujoch-Gletscher in the Alps of Switzerland, and since then in different concert halls and gala performances in Europe and overseas. Now we look back in deep mourning on shared paths and personal meetings. We are full of respect, honor, and the deep conviction that: The world needs music from Udo Jürgens!
Schimmel donates a surreal Grand Piano
to the Dali Museum Berlin
18. Dezember 2014
To honor the 25th anniversary since the passing of the surrealist Salvador Dali, the Schimmel Piano Company offers a specially customized grand piano to the museum „Dali – The Exhibition at Potsdamer Platz“. Following the examples of his work and in his spirit, this inspired installation was realized in form of a grand piano, hoovering on water with a cypress tree right next to a flowing spring. The piano has been shown in the lobby of the Dali Museum since the 18th of December 2014. Carsten Kollmeier, Director of the Dali Museum, is pleased: „We thank the Wilhelm Schimmel Pianofortefabrik GmbH for this great support. The comprehensive preparation and execution of this homage, is a symbol for Dalis work and his affinity for music and presents, in a fascinating way, how Dali’s work connects art and art enthusiasts. Now we are looking forward to seeing how visitors from all over the world will enjoy this moving subject.“
More information: www.daliberlin.de