Pianos since 1864
The leading European piano builders, available in Australia.
WITH A LOVE OF MUSIC AND CRAFT
For more than 155 years
PETROF is a significant producer of acoustic grand and upright pianos in Europe. It trades in 5 continents and exports to over 65 countries the world over. Since 1864, when Antonín Petrof built his first piano, we have produced under the PETROF name roughly 635,000 instruments and many others within the PETROF Brand Family. Our pianos are popular among musicians above all for their unusually soft, gentle, rounded, and romantic tone. Over the decades of their production much has changed, but precise work by hand, careful selection of materials, and the unchanging romantic sound endure. Countless famous performers and well-known personalities have fallen in love with PETROF instruments, and the representatives of the fifth and sixth generation proudly continue in their honorable trade and family tradition.
Antonín Petrof produced his first grand piano in 1864, thereby laying the foundations for the production of the masterly musical instruments of the PETROF brand. In the course of a few years, he turned a small workshop into a successful factory, which stands in Hradec Králové in the heart of the Czech Republic and Europe to this day. The path among the leading European piano manufacturers, however, was not always rosy ...
Yet despite this difficult path five generations of Petrofs have earned worldwide success. Their brilliantly pure, rich sound and excellent craftsmanship lend PETROF’s grand and upright pianos an unprecedented reputation. 80 % of the production process lies in the hands of our skilled piano makers, intoners, and tuners, whose rich experience we have accumulated over many decades. Every instrument that leaves our factory represents the good name of its builders.
Today the whole musical world knows the top quality instruments from the Hradec Králové factory. For this very reason, PETROF has gained a host of awards - from the King George Medal of the London Exhibition, through the Grand Prix of Paris, Barcelona, and Brussels, to the title „Family Silver“, and Czech Goodwill 2015. All instruments are also marked with the seal of European Excellence, which attests the European origin and the quality of the construction materials.
Development activity at PETROF has a long tradition. In 1954 we founded our Department of Research and Development where we further perfect our instruments and measure and fine-tune every part of the piano that affects its acoustic properties. Our piano craftsmen hand down their skills from generation to generation, making PETROF one of the leading innovators in the piano-making industry.
The portfolio of grand and upright pianos known under the PETROF name is very wide and sufficient for the requirements of a diverse group of customers. It is, however, quite usual for us to build instruments exactly in line with customers’ wishes. Instruments whose designs are inspired by artistic styles such as rococo continue to be popular. Very modern instruments suitable for contemporary interiors have also appeared in recent years. Please look at our catalogues.
In November 2014, on the occasion of the company’s 150th anniversary, and in honor of its founder Antonín Petrof, we broadened our PETROF Brand Family portfolio by adding the top premium brand ANT.PETROF. Under this name, we produce concert instruments for the best players that embody the boldest dreams of the artist's soul and open the hearts of even the most critical audience.