Original Piano Maker(s)

Wilhelm Schimmel (1854-1946)

Date Established


Original Location(s)

Leipzig, Germany

Notable Dates

  • May 2, 1885 — First Schimmel piano built.
  • 1891 — Schimmel's first factory was built.
  • 1897 — Schimmel's second and larger factory was built.
  • Named Court Builder for both the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimer and King of Romania
  • 1913 — Recieved gold medal at the World Exhibition.
  • 1914 — Recieved gold medal at the World Exhibition.
  • 1915 — Developed Ducanola, a self-playing piano.
  • 1927 — Schimmel retires and his son, Wilhelm Arno Schimmel takes over the company.
  • 1929 — Moved headquarters to Braunschweig, Germany.
  • 1960 — Schimmel celebrates the building of its 50,0000 piano.
  • 1961 — Wilhelm Arno Schimmel passes away and his son, Nikolaus Wilhelm Schimmel assumes the leadership role, making him the third generation in charge of Schimmel Pianos.
By keeping up the tradition and the culture of piano building in Germany, we are strengthening the Schimmel brand in the national and international markets.
Zhaoyin Chen, President of Schimmel Pianos 1

Notable Dates (cont.)

  • 1966 — First phase of factory expansion in a 6400 sq. ft. lot completed.
  • 1975 — Second phase of the factory expansion completed.
  • 2003 — A fourth generation takes over. Hannes M. Schimmel-Vogel (son-in-law to Nikolaus Wilhelm Schimmel) becomes president.
  • 2016 — Alliance formed between Schimmel and Pearl River.

Current Management

Zhaoyin Chen is the new president of the company while Viola Schimmel (great-granddaughter of Wilhelm Schimmel) is the general manager.

Current Headquarters

Braunschweig, Germany
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Page Sources

"Schimmel Pianos"  Music Trades.  2018.  Music Trades Corporation.  Web.  17 June 2019.
Additional References:
  • Schimmel Images © Wilhelm Schimmel Pianoforte Fabrik GmbH, By Permission.
  • "History."  Schimmel Pianos Australia.  Schimmel Pianos, n.d.  Web.  17 June 2019.
  • Palmieri, Robert, ed.  The Piano: An Encyclopedia.  2nd Edition.  New York: Routledge, June 1, 2004.  Google Books.  Web. 17 June 2017.