In 1871, Perzina piano factory was established in Schwerin Germany

On July first 1871, sons of a Saxon pianobuilder, Perzina brothers Julius and Albert, proudly painted “Gebruder Perzina” on the dilapidated gable of an old piano factory in Schwerin, hence the history of Perzina pianos began…

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In 1884, the arch-duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin highly praised Perzina pianos

In 1884, the arch-duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin highly praised Perzina pianos and granted Perzina the title: Piano supplier to the Court. Other nobles were soon to follow: the Dukes of Oldenburg, Anhalt were joined by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, than married to Hendrik of Mecklenburg Schwerin. In 1906 she chose Perzina to become the Royal Piano factory. In those days the company letterhead stated: “The Largest Piano Factory in Northern Germany”. Around 1900 the company expanded rapidly. This was mostly the work of Daniel Huss, a son in law of Julius Perzina. Between 1897 and 1917 he was the owner and manager. What started with a production of 20 pianos in 1871 had flourished to 1000 in 1910.

 

Perzina had its own steam-driven sawmill, there were branches all over Germany and Europe and a world –spanning distribution network was established. Customers in Asia, South America and Australia were gladly served. The assortment was expanded to a wide tableau covering all kinds of pianos in many types and colors. And the Grand Production of Perzina Grand Pianos started in 1905. Just like the uprights, the grands easily found their way to concert halls, conservatories and music lovers.

In 1904, Perzina piano factory began an extension on a large scale

With the coming of prosperous period of German economy, Perzina piano factory began an extension on a large scale in 1904. And in 1905, Perzina built its own “Perzina Hall” in the Wismarschestrabe. This hall could hold 500 guests. For decades the Perzina Hall hosted concerts, matinees, festivals and chamber music performances. Every performance played in Perzina Hall was a big success and was publicized broadly.

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In 1945, the production began to increase gradually

Because of the world war and serious market competition, there were more than 500 piano factories bankrupted and closed in Germany at the beginning of 20th century. But as the guns subsided the German Democratic Republic took over the company and moved it to a town some 60 kilometers south of Schwerin: Lenzen. The average production increased gradually. The turnaround of 1990 reunited the German people once again and the company was reorganized and again experienced international success. All over the world, pianos’ wearing their proud “Gebruder Perzina-signature”, are once again heard to the full satisfaction of those who love to listen…

 

 

With the wide range, long bass area, gentle middle area and clear treble area, as well as high cost performance, Perzina pianos become the ideal choice of professional players, music educators and music amateurs. Their unique design, extraordinary sound and comfortable touch, not only receive the high compliments from world-class piano masters, but also win the international awards many times. Many piano masters like A. Rubinstein, Arthur Schnabel, Paderewski, Busoni, Eugen d’Albert and Godowsky, etc. played Perzina pianos before and all of them gave the high compliments to Perzina’s “noble and soft sound just like velvet”.

In 2003, Perzina came to Yantai China for a better development

In June 2003, German Perzina came to Yantai China for a better development and the Sino-foreign joint venture—Yantai Perzina Piano Manufacturing Co., Ltd. was established, and a new more successful period began. Yantai Perzina pianos were highly appraised by American THE PIANO BOOK, a book that is internationally accepted as the most authority. From 2007, Perzina pianos were successively elected as the Group 3A products by THE PIANO BOOK, which was the highest grade that Chinese pianos have achieved until now.

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In 2005, the concert with 10 Perzina grands

In September of 2005, Avantgarde Cultural Foundation of Cyprus, a non-profitable cultural foundation under the Honorary Presidency of the country’s First Lady and the Patronage of renowned pianist-conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, organized in Nicosia a unique “Concert for 10 Pianos and Orchestra” within the framework of the “Kypria 2005 International Festival”.

Ten professional pianists met together on stage for the first time, to perform the work “Medieval Cyprus” of talented composer Savvas Savva with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Maciej Zoltowski. The Foundation wanted to secure that all pianos would sound identical and produce the same – outstanding – sound, as the concert was to be televised Live and recorded for further promotion of the Foundation itself, but even more  importantly, of the hospitable Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The Perzina “188” became the obvious choice and soon, ten new Perzina grand pianos were shipped to the island for this exciting project.

Only moments after the announcement of the project all tickets disappeared and the organizers were left with no other option than to add one more concert as the crowds were queuing in front of the box office in hope that they could secure a seat for this unprecedented event.

Ten gifted pianists, an imaginative composer, a beautiful orchestra in the hands of a competent conductor and ten Perzina grands offered the people of Cyprus a memorable event in two magical evenings. The greatest moment however, was yet to come. Following the two concerts, Avantgarde Cultural Foundation donated all Perzina grand pianos to an equal number of public schools from around the country. A living legacy of a “job well done”!

 

Perzina shares the most beautiful public pianos with you

Touring internationally since 2008, “Play Me, I’m Yours” is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. Reaching over six million people worldwide – more than 1,300 pianos have already been installed in 43 cities across the globe, from New York to London, bearing the simple instruction “Play Me, I’m Yours”.

Located in public parks, bus shelters and train stations, markets and even ferries the pianos are available for any member of the public to play and enjoy. Who plays them and how long they remain on the streets is up to each community and the local organizer. Many pianos are personalized and decorated by artists or the local community. By creating a place of exchange “Play Me, I’m Yours” invites the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment.

The capital city of Cyprus, Nicosia, will soon welcome ten brand new upright pianos in its streets, parks and squares. Unlike other examples from different cities, Nicosia (joined organization by Avantgarde Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus) decided on presenting 10 all-new instruments to its people. To add to the already exciting project, the organizers invited the country’s finest artists to decorate the pianos. Famous painters with long histories of successful exhibitions and installations were brought in to put their signature on this daring interactive installation.

Ten pianos are to remain continuously in the streets of Nicosia for ten days (and nights)! The island of Cyprus is a favorite tourist destination due to its warm weather but over the night it can be also humid. It was therefore apparent that the pianos will be placed under extreme weather changes for a long period of time. The instruments must therefore have the ability to withstand such suffering; even leaving the intense and severe playing from the public completely out of the equation.

The Perzina “122” upright appeared as the only solution to this predicament. Ten pianos have already left the factory for Cyprus, prepared in a white primer to enable the artists to decorate the instruments the way they want. Ten three-dimensional musical canvases for ten of the country’s most famous artists to paint on! Magnificent!

In October 2014 the pianos will invade Nicosia and its people will have the opportunity to play the pianos, enjoy themselves, socialize, produce music, create culture, experience life. Perzina will be the centerpiece of all the action!

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In March 2015, Yantai Perzina Piano Manufacturing Co., Ltd. was elected as Vice-chairman Unit of China Musical Instrument Association

Yantai Perzina pianos, completely access to the original German classic design, production technology and manufacturing technology. Strict selection of materials and fine processing make Perzina pianos not only popular in the major 60 cities in China, but also popular in more than 50 countries and regions in North America, South America, Europe, Japan, Oceania, Africa, Southeast Asia etc, establishing a broad and stable exclusive sales agent network system. Yantai Perzina has been awarded "Powerful Company in Chinese Musical Industry” since 2005; on March 2015, Yantai Perzina Piano Manufacturing Co., Ltd. was elected as Vice-chairman Unit of China Musical Instrument Association, receiving high appraisal and compliments.

-- From P67-68, THE PIANO BOOK 2008-2009

 

Perzina’s long history, deep culture, brilliant achievements and bright future will certainly promote new Perzina generations to persist in striving forward, creating a better future with their intelligence and efforts! Now Perzina piano has gone through more than 140 years’ history and the success it achieves proves the “history, experience and reputation” Perzina piano owns. Just like Perzina ancestors said over one hundred years ago, “during the development of Perzina, only success can prove everything!”