Paolo Fazioli was born in Rome in 1944, into a family of furniture makers. From an early age he demonstrated a keen interest in the piano. During his studies he developed a fascination in piano construction technology. By 1971 he had earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering, a diploma in piano, and a Masters in Music Composition.
Paolo joined the family company; however, he soon left the furniture business in order to pursue his dream of designing and building new pianos. In 1978, Paolo’s expertise in traditional piano manufacturing, coupled with his engineering research, experience and creativity, finally brought about the establishment of a new business.The Fazioli Piano Factory was built within his family’s Sacile furniture plant, north of Venice. In 1979 he started designing his first prototype for a baby grand piano – the F183 (6’) model was completed in June 1980, followed at the end of the year by the prototypes of two other models, the F156 (5’1”) and the F278 (9’2”).
In January 1981, Fazioli Pianoforti srl was officially incorporated. In February, the prototypes were first exhibited at the Frankfurt Musikmesse, where the presence of an Italian piano maker created something of a sensation. In the latter half of the year, work began on the prototype of the F228 (7’6”) model. The production area within the factory was expanded to 600 m2, increasing production to 2 pianos per month.
In 1983 the company began collaborating with Zanussi Institute Research and Development Centre with the aim of further improving tonal quality. Initial success followed in 1984 and 1985, as a number of concert halls purchased the F278 concert grand and the firm started exporting throughout Europe and the United States. The demand for an instrument with greater power and richness of tone, for use in large concert halls, inspired the concept of the F308 (10’1”) model, which is still the longest piano available on the market. Alongside this project, work began on a new model, the medium-size F212 (6’11”).
The cooperation with the Zanussi R&D Centre led to the optimization of the entire product line: the six improved models (F156, F183, F212, F228, F278, F308), which today still represent the entire Fazioli range, were showcased at the 1988 edition of the Frankfurt Musikmesse. Following the expansion of the production facility inside the factory, as well as the introduction of modern technology, output hit 6 units per month in the late 1980’s.
A new plant next to the existing factory opened in 2001 and production edged closer to the target of 100 pianos per year. The new facility includes a laboratory for acoustic research and a concert hall in which new instruments can be tested. In 2004 large orders were placed and production finally exceeded 100 units.
In November 2006 the company celebrated its 25th year in business. Today production fluctuates between 110 and 120 units per year. The firm’s cooperation with prestigious university institutes on research and development projects is testament to its continuous commitment to quality and the improvement of its products. It refuses to impose limitations on musical artists, convinced that they should have the freedom to choose which instrument to play, based purely on the belief that it is the best vehicle to express their talent. For this reason, Fazioli has always been opposed to signing exclusivity contracts with artists.
The philosophy of Fazioli Pianoforti remains the same to this day:
- To produce grand and concert grand pianos exclusively, aiming for the highest quality with no concern for large production;
- Not to imitate any other existing pianos, but rather to create an original sound;
- To individually handcraft each piano using time-honored traditional methods combined with the latest technological advances;
- To strive constantly to improve product quality by using cutting-edge technology.