It all began in May 1885, when Wilhelm Schimmel built his first piano in a small place just outside Leipzig. Driven by his pioneering spirit and perseverance, he did everything he could to meet his buyers' expectations. People heard about and discovered the high levels of attention and refinement with which his upright and grand pianos were built, and how well they met the high standards of sound quality and character.
In 1927, Wilhelm Arno Schimmel took over the company. He moved the production of pianos to Braunschweig, where, despite a few bad years, the family business grew into a modern business where new developments and traditional craftsmanship go together to build very high-quality instruments.
Since 1961, Nikolaus Wilhelm Schimmel is in charge of the company. Under his guidance, Schimmel has become the largest family company within the piano industry in the world. Due to modern management and constant quality inspection, Schimmel is currently one of the largest piano manufacturers in the world. You can trust a Schimmel – now and in the future!
Since 2003, Nikolaus Schimmel's son-in-law is in charge of daily management: Mr Hannes M. Schimmel-Vogel. His new vision and Schimmel employees’ craftsmanship are once again creating a new generation of first-class upright and grand pianos!!
The Wilhelm Schimmel pianos and grand pianos are made in a factory in Poland. This factory is fully managed by professionals from Germany and trained in the Schimmel factory in Braunschweig. The skills and knowledge of the piano building specialists are of paramount importance for the quality of grand pianos and pianos. That is also why Schimmel gives the highest priority to the education and further training of instrument builders in Poland. Specialized knowledge and motivation for instrument building develops naturally among talented piano builders. At the same time, there is a close link between traditional craftsmanship and in-house know-how, as well as an extensive partnership with research institutes. The special attention when choosing the material guarantees the high quality.
The Wilhelm Schimmel pianos and grand pianos are produced entirely in Europe. The product Wilhelm Schimmel has received a certificate for this from the BVK (Bundesverband Klavier). Wilhelm Schimmel can sincerely say "Made in Europe".