The piano manu- facturer GROTRIAN is family-owned and currently in the fifth and sixth gene- rations. Across the years one thing has never changed: the love for music. This has always been and still re- mains the motivation even for unusual steps. In 1830 Friedrich Grotrian left Germany to establish a music busi- ness in Moskva. The town prospered and attracted many musicians like Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt and Arthur Rubinstein. Friedrich Grotrian main- tained close relationships with many pianists and got to know their preferences. He started to build pianos. Pianos, which were loved by pianists. 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 com- pany 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 will take care of itself. 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 crafts- manship 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. The generations that followed continued to develop revolutio- nary innovations for the piano. The Grotrian piano factory was comple- tely 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. 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 Braun- schweig. The basis of our tradition remains unchanged: a unique tone and love for music.