The most highly awarded German piano

From the country of the greatest composers and pianists that the world has ever known, emerges the most highly awarded German piano ever made: Schimmel.

Schimmel is the largest selling German-made piano. Highly respected for its superior scale and tone...coupled with Schimmel’s elegant German wood cabinets and inlaid European detail...Schimmel pianos are the choice of many prominent artists and prestigious institutions throughout Europe and America.

Certified piano technicians appreciate the quality and character of fine German design and engineering, as found in every Schimmel.

For trained pianists, Schimmel pianos are the cumulative ‘stuff’ of which SOUL is made. The majestic personality of a Schimmel grand piano transforms music-making into an experience for all the senses!

“Schimmel, das sind Instrumente mit Persönlichkeit.” — Gesa Lücker

“Nur mit gutem Werkzeug kann man gute Arbeit leisten. Dank für die vielen Konzerte auf Schimmel Instrumenten.”
(“It is only possible to perform excellent work with excellent tools. Thank you for the many concerts on Schimmel instruments.”)

— Otto Wolters

Schimmel Testimonials

“…Velvety and warm construction of tonal colours are suitable for the widest range of repertoire … [It] stands out as a grand piano with noble character: the greatest care in its manufacture and its richness in tonal colouring predestine the instrument for musicians.”Le Monde de la Musique, France
“A grand piano which is suitable for all musical styles and can be adapted for a variety of different situations thanks to its excellent tonal vibrancy.”Pianiste, France
“The homogeneity of all registers is faultless. The feeling of touch allows all performing intentions to be fully expressed and displays no weak points.... This is an authentic piano from the good old days: the type of instrument which was formerly bought for life.”Thierry Faradji
Diapason 09/2002 article

Institutions that have selected Schimmel

  • Bolshoy Theater, Moskau
  • Boston Ballet, Boston
  • Royal Academy of Music, London
  • Opéra du Marseille, Marseille
  • Conservatoire de Strasbourg, Strasbourg
  • English National Ballet, London
  • Paris Conservatoire Supérieur National, Paris
  • Musikhochschule Hannover, Hannover
  • Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester

Company History

Wilhelm Schimmel founded the company in 1885 in his own Leipzig workshop, under his slogan “Quality will prevail.” In 1927, his son Wilhelm Arno Schimmel took over the management of the company and relocated the site to Braunschweig (Brunswick). The family firm continued to flourish: by the end of the 1950s, Schimmel instruments were the most frequently purchased pianos produced in Germany -- and were sent all around the world -- garnering high praise from Le Monde de la Musique in France, from concert pianists throughout Europe, and from music critics in North America.

In 1961, Nikolaus Wilhelm Schimmel became head of the company and focused on the continuity of the firm’s expansion in the third generation. Increasing sales volume necessitated the construction of a new company site in which special areas (such as research and development) were extended and intensified.

In 2003, Nikolaus Wilhelm Schimmel passed on the management of the company to Hannes Schimmel-Vogel. In adherence to the founding slogan “Quality will prevail,” he extended the product spectrum with additional models in the Koncert Line and the conceptual design of a wide-ranging, expanded Schimmel family of instruments.

Here are some highlights from the 2009 Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival in Northern New Mexico. That's a Schimmel K169 grand piano sonorously handling the accompaniment duties for the other instruments and musicians.