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Pianos made by: Pleyel International, Paris, France; and Samick Musical Instrument Mfg. Co., Ltd., Indonesia
Ignace Pleyel, an accomplished musician and composer, patron of music, and publisher, began manufacturing pianos in 1807 with the aim of adapting instruments to the new requirements of the composers and musicians of his day. By the time of his death in 1831, Pleyel pianos were known and exported throughout the world. His son, Camille, an accomplished pianist, continued the family business and brought it to new heights of success. As part of his work, Camille established the legendary music salons that served as a focus for the Parisian music scene of his time and where many famous musicians and composers were heard for the first time. It was at one of these concerts, in 1832, that Frederic Chopin made his Paris debut, and he played his final concert there in 1848. Chopin was always very loyal to Pleyel, and was the company’s best ambassador. In addition to Chopin, who is closely associated with Pleyel pianos, other notable users included Claude Debussy, Cesar Frank, Edward Grieg, Charles Gounod, Felix Mendelssohn, and Maurice Ravel. In 1927 the company established the Salle Pleyel, an important Paris concert venue.
The ingenuity of Pleyel’s innovations was expressed through many patents and inventions. For example, the company first introduced iron bracing into a piano in 1826, was the first to bring the upright piano to France, and is credited with inventing the sostenuto in 1860.
Over the years, Pleyel acquired the piano names of former French makers Rameau, Gaveau, and Erard. From 1971, these names were made under contract by Schimmel in Germany, returning to France in 1994. In 2000, a private investor associated with the Salle Pleyel acquired the Pleyel trademarks under the name Manufacture Française de Pianos and moved the factory to the south of France, where for several years it produced high-quality instruments using a combination of high-tech machinery and hand craftsmanship. In 2008, the company downsized and moved to a location in the outskirts of Paris, not far from its original factory and the Salle Pleyel, where it concentrated on building a small number of designer instruments. In 2013, Pleyel ceased manufacturing, and moved to a workshop in Paris dedicated to the restoration of antique pianos.
In 2016, Pleyel began a partnership with Algam, a leading musical-instrument distribution company in Europe. In 2017, Algam acquired the Pleyel brand, and launched two series of pianos for the international market: the Heritage collection of upright and grand pianos, made in Indonesia; and the Haute Facture collection of high-end grands, made in France.