Accolades from competent sources are balm for the soul for our piano builders. Within the context of the traditional instrument tests carried out by major music periodicals in France, Le Monde de la Musique* writes the following about the grand piano K 280 Tradition: ‘The entire action [is] particularly pleasant and well-balanced with the necessary dynamics for large-scale virtuoso movements.’ (...)
‘Emphasizes the abilities inherent in the instrument to bring across great moments in the romantic repertoire: not over-saturated, and here also a fine balance in tonal colour.’
Konzert Concept (Konzert): This is an innovative design concept, developed and patented by Schimmel in 2000 based on the idea to implement all outstanding characteristics of our full size concert grand K 280 into this series where possible. For example, we are using the similar scale layout from tone 44 up to tone 88. Also, the soundboard design is similar to a grand piano. This way we transfer a big part of the sound characteristic of our K 280 also into our Konzert uprights. The action keyboard design is optimized to achieve a repetition as fast as an average grand piano.
Our hammer heads are made from highly elastic merino felt with high flexibility and low damping properties. The felt is made from the highest quality merino wool in a traditional fulling process in Germany. For the hammer cores, we use hardwoods in combination with tension-regulating under felts. The result is a great richness of tone colours in the different dynamic levels, as well as long-lasting tones due to low damping effect on the strings (short contact period due to highly elastic felt).
The mechanism (mechanism and keyboard) of a large concert grand piano offers the pianist the preferred touch. Control and ways to achieve express himself with a high possibility to influence the sound characteristic are optimally guaranteed by the long lever ratios. For this reason, we use our large concert grand piano action from our largest Konzert grand K 280 in all Konzert grand models, no matter how large. This means that all grand pianos in the Konzert series play like a large concert grand. With our Classic grand pianos, only the keyboard is slightly shortened. With an extraordinarily large mechanism, even with the smallest grand piano, they still remain very close to this concert like touch.
"Mineral key tops" are used for flat keys on all Schimmel instruments. These were developed by Schimmel and offer a more sensitive touch for pianists. In addition to this secure and sensitive touch, they are "glare-free" thanks to the matt surface, which s particularly advantageous for the pianist, especially on stages with spotlights.
The keybed of our grand pianos is made of high quality tone wood and designed to boost the frequencies that the soundboard is difficult to produce. This increases the richness of sound and the sound is more balanced overall. In addition, the player feels what he is playing through the transmission of the vibrations into the keyboard and thus has better control over his piano playing. The result is an improved ability to interact with the instrument.
All the resonance woods that produce the sound we call tone wood. For this we use selected mountain grown spruce from the Bavarian and Bohemian forests, the origin of tone wood of the German instrument makers. For this we only select perfect wood, grown slowly at high altitudes, so that soundboards can be joined that have optimal resonance characteristics. The trees are pre-selected in the forests and then specially cut and dried over long periods of time. Even with this intensive pre-selection, only about 2% of the timber obtained in this way is suitable for our soundboard production.
Up to 20 tons of string tension forces have to be absorbed in a grand piano. The soundboard should be influenced as little as possible by these enormous forces. To ensure this, we use a tension collector that releases the soundboard from these forces and allows it to vibrate more freely and unaffected.
Schimmel grand pianos are not built in a parallel shape, but in a conical shape. This means that the grand piano gets wider laterally from the keyboard in the direction of the string appendix. This creates an enlarged soundboard area compared to a traditional parallel design. In addition to a larger sound-producing-area, the string pressure forces can also be distributed more generously. The soundboard can vibrate more freely and produce more beautiful tone colours. This construction was patented in combination with the large concert mechanisms and the concert scale by Schimmel and is therefore unique.
The production of the soundboard is a complicated and lengthy process, the thickness of the soundboard at the various points, the wood moisture of the assembled parts and a subsequent "tension" of the soundboard when joining the soundboard on the strungback are just a few factors that have a major influence on the soundboard. Our extensive process ensures a richness of sound in all dynamic ranges, an even development of sound in all registers and long-sustain. Depending on the sound character that is to be achieved, our soundboards are manufactured differently. Soundboards with a membrane-like finish are particularly difficult to produce, but they also deliver excellent vibration characteristics.
The bridge transfers and distributes the vibration of the strings into the soundboard. Schimmel invented the so called mass-reduced bridge so that the bridge can withstand the string tension, transmit the energy optimally and at the same time prevent the soundboard from vibrating freely as little as possible. This involves milling a dynamic contour into the flanks of the bridge, which ensures that the richness of the sound is increased, and the sustain gets longer. An innovative idea that still received a patent even after more than 300 years of traditional piano making.
The "Dynamic Sound Bar" is clamped to the soundboard during the production of the soundboard. This regulates the flow of energy in the soundboard when playing at different volumes, thus ensuring a wider range of sound characteristics depending on the attack and volume. This is what we call high tonal dynamics. (see table)
The string layout, the so-called scale, of a large concert grand offers optimal physical properties for an impressive grand piano sound. For all Schimmel grand pianos as well as all Konzert and the large Classic upright pianos C 126 and C 130, we have therefore transferred the middle register and the treble (tone 44 to 88) scale into all mentioned models identically from our large concert grand K 280. In this way, we achieve the same sound characteristics compared with a large grand piano.
An appendix of a string are areas of strings that are not made to vibrate directly by the hammer head, but will vibrate through energy transfer and generate partial tones that provide even more richness of sound and longer sustain and can strongly influence the sound character. These areas are very sensitive and need to be crafted with precision to sound right. For this reason, we use CNC manufactured scales. The scales of our Konzert grand pianos can even be tuned afterwards, so that they can later be voiced by ear. Depending on the model, either no scale, one or two scales are used, resulting in one, two (duplex) or three (triplex) sound-producing sections of a string.
We use pin blocks made of thin hardwood layers so that the instrument keeps its pitch optimally and is easy to tune. These pin blocks were developed by Schimmel in the 1950s as so-called "tropical climate resistant" pin blocks and have proven themselves over the decades.
Schimmel offers an extended manufacturer's warranty through its network of appointed dealers. Because we trust and stand by the quality of our instruments.
As early as the 1980s, Schimmel used computers to improve the design of their instruments and was a pioneer in the piano industry. Since then, the use of computers for research and development has been constantly further developed and today, referred to as CAPE, represents a unique and all-encompassing software solution into which decades of development work and research results have contributed. On this basis, new ideas and designs are constantly being created that set standards in the industry. On this basis, the use of CNC machines for the production of precision parts has been promoted since the 1990s. These are then added to our instruments exclusively by hand and are a prerequisite for achieving the highest quality.
Environmental protection and sustainability have been part of the company philosophy at Schimmel since the company was founded in 1885. This starts with the quality of our instruments. With a Schimmel instrument, you are purchasing a durable product that will be used for many years, often for generations. Which industry can say that it repeatedly receives requests for spare parts for its products that are more than 100 years old? Durability conserves resources. In addition, we manufacture our instruments from predominantly renewable raw materials - domestic wood from certified forestry and wool - and our cast iron plates are made in an elaborate process from recycled scrap metal. Wood leftovers and shavings from production are used to heat production in winter, and we generate solar power on the roof of the factory. Biofilters and a modern heating system complete our production. And of course, we produce according to high German environmental standards. This is true not only in our manufactory in Braunschweig | Germany, but also in Kalisz | Poland. In China, the production of our Fridolin instruments is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001 to ensure our high standards of environmental protection and sustainability here as well.
|Model series||K 280|
|Length (cm | inch)||280 | 110″|
|Height (cm | inch)||102 | 40″|
|Width (cm | inch)||154 | 61″|
|Weight (kg | lbs)||535 | 1179|
|Finish||Ebony high gloss|
|Optional hardware to order||Chrome matte | Chrome gloss|
|Manufacturer||Wilhelm Schimmel Pianofortefabrik GmbH|
|Country of origin||Braunschweig | Germany|
|Keyboard||Complete production Braunschweig|
|Keyboard coating||Mineral | Ebony|
|Number of keys||88|
|Approx. keybed height from floor to underside keybed / keytop (mm)||613 | 726|
|Pedals||Una corda (left) | Sostenuto (middle) | Sustain (right)|
|Installation of self player possible||yes|
|Installation twin tone ex works | retrofit at dealers workshop*|
(* since manufacturing year 2019)
|no | no|
|Steel strings high performance spring steel with precise partial tone development||High-performance steel by Pitthan | Germany|
|Bass strings||made by Schimmel|
|Duplex / Triplex scale|
for definition see product details
molded wood made of multiple Sapeli laminations | support beams made of mountain grown spruce | enforced bass side for a better energy reflection
|Three-dimensional crowned and tension loaded soundboard||membrane shaped cut|
for definition see product details
solid beech capped by a 5 layers of maple wood crosswise glued
|made by Schimmel|
|Cast iron made traditionally||yes|
|Castor type||double wheel castor coated with soft material to protect floors and with brake|
|Soft close fallboard standard||yes|
|High gloss finishes are made of premium piano lacquer by layering process and hand polished||yes|
|Manufactured according to following standards||German Environment Standards|
Pianist, conductor, music producer Albert Mamriev was born in Dagestan and studied with his father – a famous musician – Yankel Mamriev, with Professor Alexander Bakulov and Professor Nikolai Kostylev at the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, with Professor Sergei Dorensky in the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory as well as with Professor Arie Vardi at the S. Rubin Academy of Music at the Tel Aviv University (B. Mus and M. Mus.) And at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (solo class).
Albert Mamriev is prizewinner of many international piano competitions such as: „Gina Bachauer“ in Salt Lake City, „UNISA“ in Pretoria, „Vianna da Motta“ in Lisboa, „Scottish International“ in Glasgow, „China International“ in Beijing and many others.
In 1992 for his concert activities and the performance of the music of Dagestanian composers, Albert Mamriev received a very important award – the Lenin Komsomol Prize.
In 1996, he also received a special award – concert grand piano from the President of Israel, Mr. Ezer Weizman.
Mamriev gives concerts worldwide at numerous renowned festivals such as:
the „Shanghai“ International Festival (China),
the „Gina Bachauer“ International Festival (USA),
the „Hong Kong“ International Festival, (Hong Kong)
the „Jerusalem“ International Music Festival (Israel),
the „Kotor-Art“ Festival (Montenegro),
the „Malta“ International Festival, (Malta)
the „Piano Stars of the 21st Century“ Festival (Russia),
the „Ludwigsburg Castle Festival“ (Germany),
the „Pianotune“ Festival (Belgium),
the „Franz Liszt“ Festival (Italy),
the „Wernigeröder Schlossfestepielen“ (Germany),
the „Roccabrivio“ Festival (Italy),
the „Ailon Baltic“ Festival (Estonia),
the „IKFEM“ Festival (Portugal)
the „Madeira“ International Piano Festival (Portugal)
and repeatedly gives piano recitals and Masterclasses in many music centers around the world, including Almeria, Augsburg, Beijing, Berlin, Braunschweig, Brussels, Cleveland, Dallas, Düsseldorf, Glasgow, Granada, Hamburg, Hanover, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milano, Moscow, Munich, Berlin, Paris, Reykjavick, Salt Lake City, Seoul, Stuttgart, Taipei, Taijuan, Tallin, Tel Aviv, Toluca, Venice and many others.
Mr. Mamriev has been a jury member at over 50 international piano competitions, including:
„UNISA“ (South Africa), „Ettore Pozzoli“ (Italy), „Parnassos“ (Mexico), „A. Scriabin „(Italy),“ Lyon „(France),“ Cantu „(Italy),“ Mozarte – Aachen „(Germany),“ F. Chopin „(Hungary),“ Cesar Franck „(Belgium),“ Young Virtuosos „(Czech Republic),“ Robert Schumann „(Italy),“ Spanish Composers „(Spain),“ Campillos „(Spain),“ Arcangelo Speranza „( Italy), „Valesesia Musica“ (Italy), „Maurice Clairmont“ (Israel), „Isodor Bajic“ (Serbia), „Young Talents with Orchestra“ (Italy), „Euregio“ (Germany), „Holland International Piano Competition“ in Haague, „Golden Key“ (Russia), „Piano Talents“ (Italy), „Delia Steinberg“ (Spain), „MIPF“ (Malta), „Astana Music Competition“ (Kazakhstan) and many others.
His students have won many international piano competitions, such as:
Anna Leyerer – “F. Liszt Center” IPC – 2021, 1st Prize, Spain
Evegeny Konnov – “UNISA” IPC – 2020, 1st prize, South Africa
Viktorija Bake – “Amigdala” IPC – 2019, 1st prize, Italy (young group)
Evgeny Konnov – “E. Pozzoli” IPC – 2019, 1st Prize, Italy
Lezanti van Sittert – “UNISA” NPC- 2019, 2nd prize, South Africa
Viktorija Bake – “Hannover-Beethoven” IPC – 2019, 1st Prize, Germany
Evgeny Konnov – “A. Scriabin” IPC – 2019, 1st Prize, Italy
Anna Leyerer – “Paris” IPC – 2019, 1st Prize, France
Evgeny Konnov – “Russian Music” IPC – 2019, 2nd Prize, Russia-Ryazan
Anna Leyerer – “Kyiv” IPC – 2019, 1st Prize, Ukraine
Shogher Hoveyan – “Hanover-Beethoven” IPC – 2018, 1st Prize, Germany
Igor Andreev – “Rina Sala Gallo” IPC – 2018, 1st prize, Italy
Evgeny Konnov – “Maria Canals” IPC – 2018, 1st Prize, Spain
Anna Leyerer – “Parnassos” IPC – 2018, 1st Prize, Mexico
Evgeny Konnov – “Cantu” IPC – 2018, 1st prize, Italy
Viktorija Bake – “Young Piano Stars” IPC – 2017, 1st Prize, Germany
Evgeny Konnov – “Malta” IPC – 2017, 1st prize, Malta
Lezanti van Sittert – “Young Piano Stars” IPC – 2017, 2nd Prize, Germany
Igor Andreev – “Gdansk-Baltic States” IPC – 2017, 1st prize, Poland
Evgeny Konnov – “Spanish Composers” IPC – 2017, 1st Prize, Spain
Pavel Kachnov – “Lyon” IPC – 2017, 1st prize, France
The complete recording of Wagner’s – Liszt transcriptions, and the world premiere of Ami Maayani Piano Concerto with Beijing Symphony Orchestra grows out of Albert Mamriev’s fascination for stylistic richness and the diversity of piano music, which was written between the periods of late Romanticism and the avant-garde, and his delight in the poses technical and interpretational challenges posed by this music.
Albert Mamriev is also a successful music producer. Under his direction, the “Neue Sterne” label released several wonderful CD recordings by very talented young musicians, including Alexey Chernov, Yuri Bogdanov, Romeo Zucci, Michael Bulychev-Okser, Grace Rhee, Andrei Stukalov, Elena Tarasova.
Albert Mamriev is also present on radio and television. Recordings of his concerts were made all over Europe, the USA, Mexico, Australia and Asia. He also gave several radio and TV interviews and interviews for music magazines, most recently including “Piano News”, “Piano Forum”, “Piano Wereld”.
Mr. Mamriev is the guest of honor at Classic Radio Orpheus in Moscow. In 2018, he was invited to a series of interviews on the program of legendary music journalist Joseph Tavor for 3 hours of live interviews and performances.
In 2021, Mr. Mamriev recorded a new CD album with compositions by Liszt, Brahms and Alkan. This recording was made in the Beethoven-Halle in Hanover under the direction of the world-famous record producer and Grammy winner Christopher Alder. You can find the recording on Spotify or directly on the artist homepage.
Albert Mamriev is the founder and artistic director of the international piano competition “Neue Sterne” in Wernigerode
and the international competition “Young Piano Stars” in Königs Wusterhausen
He is also the artistic director of the international music festival “Menorah” in Duisburg, the music festival “Jewish composers with a German background” in Hanover, the international piano and orchestra festival “Klavierissimo” in Wernigerode, the concert series “Junge Klaviersterne” in Brandenburg and the international piano competition the Neue Sterne Musikakdemie Hannover “Hannover-Beethoven”
Mr. Mamriev has been managing the online music platform since December 2020