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In 1864, Antonin Petrof, from the city of Hradec Kralove in the Czech Republic, built his first grand piano and transformed his father’s joinery shop into a piano maker’s. The oldest European piano factory is named after him and, today, the factory is managed by the 5th generation of the Petrof family.

The factory manufactures 5 key types of grand pianos, upright pianos and baby grand pianos according to size. The top grand concert pianos are produced completely by hand and individually by the most experienced employees. Since the 1890s, Petrof broadened its manufacturing horizons and started exporting instruments to other European countries. Until today, Petrof remains the largest grand piano manufacturer in Europe. “Petrof” brand instruments can be found in the Vatican, at the UNESCO palace in Paris, in the opera houses of Sydney and Milan, in “Hilton” hotels, as well as the Presidential Palace in Prague. Among the celebrities who possess Petrof grand pianos are Ennio Morricone and Paul McCartney. Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti have also been accompanied by these instruments.