Company'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.


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


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


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

Since January 2000 the piano builder and businessman Burkhard Stein is the CEO of the family owned Grotriancompany. Already his grandfather and father have been piano builder so that he has grown up with pianos. Back in 1984 he has started the first time his activities for Grotrian back then as a apprentice for becoming a piano builder. Thus he has the necessary knowledge for this responsible task. He has successfully expanded the sales of Grotrian instruments into Asia and the US and among others he has internationalized the already in 1954 founded Grotrian piano competition.

Burkhard Stein
Burkhard Stein

With effect from 01. April 2015, the 1835 founded family business Grotrian has a new shareholder … Read more

Liebhild Grotrian-Steinweg
Liebhild Grotrian