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Bartolomeo Cristofori, an Italian instrument builder, invented and built the first pianos in the early 1700’s. Three hundred years later, another great Italian inventor and musical instrument builder, Paolo Fazioli, has re-invented the piano, introducing a new standard in the industry.

Fazioli and his team make around one hundred and twenty pianos each year. They only build grand pianos. Such limited production ensures that each instrument receives the highest level of care and attention from the start of its production until it finally leaves the factory. Such low production makes Fazioli the most hand-crafted piano on the market. ​Other high-end manufacturers build in much larger quantities; for example, Steinway manufacture about 3 400 pianos annually.

The design and building of Fazioli pianos include many innovations that have pushed forward the boundaries of piano technology. This is combined with the very best traditions of piano building and the use of the finest materials throughout the instrument. The soundboards, for example, are crafted using exclusively spruce from northern Italy's 'Val di Fiemme' forest, the wood that Antonio Stradivari selected for his famous violins.

This combination of long tradition and revolutionary design have positioned Fazioli at the highest level of the piano industry since they were launched at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in 1982.

"As a concert technician and restorer of fine instruments, with credentials and experience that have made my company a leader in our industry, I can personally attest to the view that Fazioli have created a new benchmark in the three-hundred-year history of the piano."

Among the goals that Paolo Fazioli achieved in his pianos, the principle of a pure singing tone, based on the Italian Bel Canto tradition, is one of the most important. The tonal design allows harmonics, which are the building blocks of piano colour, to interact in new ways. Harmonies can be sustained for longer, and blend with each other in complete balance. Prior to Fazioli, purity and richness were elements of piano tone that could not be fully achieved in equal measure but had to trade-off against each other. Paolo Fazioli’s design has changed that, representing a profound breakthrough for the modern piano.

These pianos offer the pianist a new soundscape in which to work, whatever the genre, and reveal additional elements in music that are not accessible on other instruments.

Fazioli’s principle is that cost is not a factor in achieving the excellence he requires from every instrument. He is also committed to avoiding the industrial production principles used by other manufacturers. Each instrument is an individual creation from the very inception of the process. No Fazioli piano is built to a prototype model – each is crafted as an individual instrument.


At the same time, the extreme quality control standards applied throughout the building process mean that there is complete consistency in every piano of every model.

The Fazioli range comprises six models, from a baby grand of 156 cm up to the world’s largest concert grand of 308 cm.

At Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos, we currently have two of the 212 cm grands in our showroom for customers to view and try.


We also offer viewings and selections in Italy for customers purchasing other models.

Fazioli F212

"The moment you hear the first note sing from a Fazioli F212 grand piano, you know you are about to experience something extraordinary."

Fazioli pianos bring every keystroke to life with limitless expression and musicality using the perfect pairing of the red spruce soundboard and Renner action for touch and tone seemingly unmatched by any other piano in the world. The F212 model is the third size up (212cm) in a range of six sizes (183cm - 308cm). At Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos, we current have two of these models in or showroom for customers to view and try.

Sophisticated manufacturing techniques, woods of the highest quality and first rate components are used by the Fazioli technicians.


Many of the parts are plated in 24K gold to prevent corrosion. Fazioli pianos feature many innovations - the sum of which has caused the pianos to be hailed as the absolute 'pinnacle' of the piano world. The heart of each Fazioli - the soundboard - is taken from the same trees in northern Italy's 'Val di Fiemme' forest where Antonio Stradivari once carved his wood for his famous violins. Fazioli pianos range in size from 183cm in length, all the way up to concert grand size of 308cm.


Contact us for more information on the various size options and prices.

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