Fazioli pianos were first developed 30 years ago by Paolo Fazioli, a pianist and engineer who wanted to create a piano that was significantly better than anything in existence. Fazioli pianos feature many innovations – the sum of which has caused the pianos to be hailed as the absolute 'pinnacle' of the piano world. The heart of each Fazioli – the soundboard – is taken from the same trees in northern Italy's 'Val di Fiemme' forest where Antonio Stradivari once carved his wood for his famous violins. It takes over 2 years to build one Fazioli piano.
The philosophy of Fazioli -To produce grand and concert grand pianos exclusively, aiming for the highest quality with no concern for large production; -Not to imitate any other existing pianos, but rather to create an original sound; -To individually handcraft each piano using time-honored traditional methods combined with the latest technological advances; -To strive constantly to improve product quality by using cutting-edge technology.
Well-known pianists including Aldo Ciccolini, Alfred Brendel, Martha Argerich, Vladimir Aschkenazy, Lazar Berman, Nikita Magaloff, Michel Beroff, Annie Fischer, Louis Lortie, Lazar Berman, Murray Perahia, plus many others began to play and request Fazioli pianos. A number of important concert halls purchased the F278 concert grand piano.
Fazioli was chosen for concerts in the Wiener Musikvereinshalle by Ingeborg Baldaszti, Markus Schirmer, Jasminka Stancul and Elisabeth Leonskaya. The unique Brunei concert grand was built to order for the Sultan of Brunei.
Fazioli pianos are used at Umbria Jazz, one of the worlds most renowned jazz festivals. A number of eminent jazz artists have since become devotees of Fazioli pianos, including Herbie Hancock, Martial Solal, Brad Mehldau, Chucho Valdez, Michel Camilo, Uri Caine, Kenny Barron, Stefano Bollani, Enrico Pieranunzi,Danilo Rea and more. Angela Hewitt, the world renown artist, began requesting Fazioli pianos for her world concert tours.
The Fazioli Concert Hall's first Concert Season was opened by Aldo Ciccolini, playing the instrument which still stands in the hall to this day: the F278 concert grand piano, nicknamed Merlin the Magician. Recently the famous Juilliard School, New York, bought a Fazioli grand piano. For the first time this institution - among the most important in the world for high level musical training - has broken the monopoly that it had with another historic brand for more than 80 years.
The Fazioli piano is now present at the most prestigious piano competitions, the Chopin Competition, the Tchaikovsky Competition and the “Rubinstein”, where five out of the six finalists chose the FAZIOLI piano for their concerto performance.
Louis Lortie used a Fazioli grand piano to perform a recital at Carnegie Hall in New York, earning glowing reviews. During the same year The Economist reported that "many artists believe that Fazioli now makes the best pianos in the world".