Five Schimmel apprentices are real piano makers now
1 February 2016
On January 21, the IHK final exams for apprentices pianomakers took place at Schimmel Pianos. All five students of the fourth academic year of Schimmel have successfully completed their training and thus paved the way into an exciting career. We wish them much success for the future.
First Schimmel Centre opens in Tokyo
20 January 2016
After the appointment of a new Schimmel importer for the country of Japan a year ago, just before Christmas the first "Schimmel Centre Musashi Gakki" opens in Tokyo its doors to the public. The newly designed showroom is made to measure for Japanese customer needs. In addition to the outstanding and extraordinary tasteful design, the acoustics of the room are built to the highest standards. Besides a big selection of Schimmel Instruments the building includes a service workshop. Furthermore the showroom hosts easily up to 70 people for concert events. For the grand opening of "Schimmel Centre Musashi Gakki", dealers and service technicians were invited who count to the Schimmel network in the greater area of Tokyo. In the occasion of the grand opening, seminars around the brand Schimmel were hold and in the end the qualities of Schimmel instruments were demonstrated in an impressive concert by the Japanese pianist. Schimmel congratulates Musashi Gakki for the grand opening of the Schimmel Centre!
Trio Elegiaco with Schimmel at Rhinegold Live Performance
10 January 2016
Pianist John Paul Ekins of Rio Elegiaco performed on a Schimmel grand piano K 230 at Rhinegold Live Performance. It was a very exciting concert indeed and John Paul Ekins had good comments about the instrument and said “thanks once again for providing that stunning Schimmel piano for last night's concert at Conway Hall - it produced a wonderfully dulcet tone and afforded me so many colours and textural options. Mechanically it was so easy to play - essential in that behemoth of a work! The instrument and service was provided by Schimmel piano dealer “Pelegrines” in London.
The masters of good tone
18 November 2015
The piano craftsmen at Schimmel who employ their entire range of experience and commitment to enable both vertical pianos and grand pianos to develop their natural tonal volume, allow great compositions to be performed with appropriate tonal strength and permit pianists to display their virtuosity. This enthusiasm for craftsmanship is taught to our piano maker apprentices from the beginning. For over 60 years Schimmel has been the largest company training centre for young piano makers.
A great example is Philipp Otterstein, piano maker apprentice in his third year. Beyond his job, he loves it to spend his free time at Schimmel acting on his passion for pianos. He taught himself to play. In the video attached you see one of his improvisations accentuated with the beauty of Braunschweig, the home town of our instruments.
Technician Workshop in Shanghai
Apprenticeship has a long tradition at Schimmel. Only great piano makers are able to produce the high level instruments and offer excellent service for customers. So, we at Schimmel ensure that our instruments maintain their value and the customer’s joy of playing. The Schimmel academy was founded in the 1950s where hundreds of technicians have been trained ever since. Since Schimmel entered the market in China we also started to regularly train the Chinese piano makers on site, so that the instruments sold in China are properly maintained. Recently a workshop for 12 chosen technicians took place over five days in the flagship store in Shanghai.
Schimmel again conforms BVK certification
After two years our BVK Certification expired and came up for renewal. The „Bundesverband Klavier” and the “German Chamber Network” offer a certificate that guarantees a liability to the manufacturing location – an essential decision support for clients. We are proud for having received the certification for another two years for our Schimmel and Wilhelm instruments. Not all competitors were able to meet the strict criteria. Hence the circle of German producing piano manufacturers stays for 100% exclusive.
APTTA convention in Perth, Australia
25 October 2015
From 20th–23rd October, the biennial convention of the Australian Piano Technician Association, the “Australian Piano Tuners and Technician Association“ (APTTA), took place in Perth. With over 80 participants, the meeting was very well attended and was filled with many guests and exhibitors and included interesting technical contributions. Schimmel presented the Schimmel Konzert Concept, featuring a unique individual construction, which generated great interest. A selection of Schimmel instruments were shown, so the participants were directly able to experience the excellent Schimmel quality. Especially the model K 219 won praises. The congress was supported by the Australian Schimmel importer „Musico“, who took care of the technicians and the instruments with a great team.
Schimmel at Music China
29 October 2015
Once again, this year Schimmel was represented with its corporation partner at the Music China, Shanghai, one of the world biggest music exhibitions. The highlight was the 130 anniversary which was extensively celebrated with all Chinese dealers. Despite the difficult development in China 2015 (stock market crisis, slow expansion), this year generated the highest visitor presence since 10 years. Thus Schimmel could finalise the event with full order books and was able to hold its own in a difficult market environment.
Schimmel Pianos at NDR TV show
13 October 2015
As part of the NDR „DAS!“-TV show, the NDR included a segment about Schimmel last Friday. Featured were behind-the-scenes look at manufacturing as well as the Schimmel history with its most important milestones. Frequently awarded Jazz pianist, Michael Wollny, was a guest on the show. He is famous for using more than just the keys on a piano to produce great sounds. He also learned to play the piano in his childhood on a Schimmel grand piano in his parents' house.
Maidstone Symphony Orchestra –
Taek-Gi Lee spielt Schimmel K280
11 October 2015
An ambitious and meaty Russian programme, comprising three works, got the first concert of the Maidstone Symphony Orchestra season off to a resounding start. The star of the night was the awarded pianist Taek-Gi Lee, who amazed his ordinance with the Rachmaninov third piano concerto. With lightness and notorious dramaturgy the just 19 year old proved an extraordinary mature. Born in Seoul, South Korea, studied in New York, he lives in Connecticut, USA. He was deeply impressed by the nearness to his ordinance during the concert. The Schimmel K280, offered by Peregrine Pianos, provided the perfect medium for his great performance. He thought the piano was fantastic and wanted to take it home.
Artur Pizarro plays Schimmel K230 at Rhinegold LIVE
29 September 2015
In a programme entitled ‘Songs My Grandmother Taught Me’, renowned Portuguese pianist Artur Pizarro took to the Rhinegold LIVE stage for a journey of best-loved piano works documenting the story of his grandmother and first musical mentor Berta da Nóbrega. Introducing the concert, Artur said "this programme is as much an homage to my grandmother and her songbook as it is a journey back to my childhood, remembering all those wonderful times!" The concert was played on a Schimmel K 230 which was provide and serviced by Schimmel Partner in London “Peregrine Pianos”.
Acrylic Grand Piano masters extreme assignment
1 September 2015
I thought: „That’s insane, it’s not going to work!“ For many years the famous „Eisklang Konzerte“ in the “Dachstein Rieseneishöhle” in “Obertraun am Hallstättersee”, Austria, took place. Although the conditions weren’t the easiest, a Schimmel Acrylic Grand Piano, belonging to the “Landesmusikschule Bad Goisern”, was offered to the concert series for a whole month. It was an instrument that integrated excellently into this special atmosphere.
In spite of his scepticism in advance, the piano technician Walter Bittner from Salzburg, who took care of the piano during the concert series mastered the challenge perfectly: „This instrument is possibly the best suitable piano for these extreme conditions.“
Schimmel grand at the train station in Oslo
27 August 2015
Train station Oslo, Norway:
Bustling crowds, rolling luggage, stressed faces. Right in the center of it all the soft sounds of a polished black Schimmel grand piano are heard. A boy who is approximately 10 years old sits at the instrument. His small deft fingers dance above the keys playing a Chopin Waltz. All eyes are fixed on him, many people stop and listen. After the last chord he closes the piano lid and disappears as fast as he came. People clap their hands in amazement.
The piano is part of the project Parkert Piano“ of the JM Norwway, the Norwegian session of the Jeunesse Musicales International (JMI), the world biggest network for young musicians. The grand piano is offered to the public to bring music-making closer to people. An important aspect is to break down the barriers between the audience and the pianist on the stage so that everyone could feel invited to try to play on the instrument. The project was met with immediate approval by the audience as well as the press. After just 24 hours the project had 7.000 followers on Facebook. The instrument was chosen directly in the Schimmel Piano factory in Braunschweig and was placed by our partner Aspheim in Oslo.
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 July 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 July 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 May 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 May 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 May 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 February 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 January 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 December 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 December 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