Schulze-Pollmann is the result of the dream of two master German piano builders who moved to Italy to create the world’s finest pianos.
Paul Pollmann learned the trade working at the Hamburg Steinway & Sons factory and for Ibach piano company in Barmen. Feeling stifled and limited by working for other people, he moved to Unna in the Rhineland opening his own piano factory with the goal to produce instruments that would rival the established German instruments technically, but with more attention to the art of piano building.
In 1923, the Pollmann factory was relocated to Turin in Northern Italy, while another renowned German piano builder, Albert Schulze of Zwickau, moved to Bolzano in northern Italy to start his own workshop. The two companies merged in 1928 to create Schulze-Pollmann and was managed until 1942 by Paul Pollmann. His son, Hans Pollmann, was the technical director of the company for more than 20 years from the 1950′s through 1970′s.
Hans studied diligently and proved to be a good student, learning the time honoured craft under the personal supervision of his father. Before taking on full responsibility for Schulze-Pollmann, He was called upon by Schimmel Piano Company in Braunschweig to manage their operations for several years. Upon his return to head the family operation, Hans brought with him his intense love of piano and belief in building the finest instruments in the world.
Following in the tradition of excellence, Schulze-Pollmann has implemented an ambitious program of investment and expansion, opening several new factories to satisfy the increasing demand for its signature upright and grand pianos. With the skills of the craftsmen employed by the company and the use of advanced computerized machinery, capable of guaranteeing an extremely high level of precision and reliability at all stages of the production process, Schulze-Pollmann is one of Europe’s foremost piano builders.
The origins of Schulze-Pollmann make it easy to understand why the company’s instruments are famed for the robustness, durability and full, mellow tones that are commonly associated with the great German tradition of piano building. While fully respecting these time-honoured characteristics, Schulze Pollmann has successfully managed to add original elements of Italian taste and design, producing a remarkable blend of tradition, technology and elegance.