“Joseph Brodmann was renowned in 18th-century Vienna for his handcrafted pianos. Beethoven and other luminaries delighted Viennese audiences with the rich sound of Brodmann pianos.
Upon Brodmann’s retiring, he left his designs with his apprentice, Ignaz Bösendorfer, who went on to worldwide fame. Today, Joseph Brodmann’s heritage lives on in our exceptional pianos.”
That’s an excerpt from the official Brodmann Piano USA website, but the history of European pianos needs many more words than that. We recently posted a blog that took a deep dive into what makes them so special, and Brodmann is a name that needs to be mentioned in that conversation.
Joseph Brodmann was a well-known piano maker in Vienna in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Ignaz Bösendorfer apprenticed in Brodmann’s workshop and eventually took it over, producing the first Bösendorfer pianos there.
Modern Brodmann was founded back in 2004 by two Bösendorfer executives. Originally the Brodmann line was planned as a possible second line for Bösendorfer, but the company abandoned the idea. U.S. distribution rights to the Brodmann line are owned by Piano Marketing Group; for all other parts of the world, the factory sells directly through its own distributor network.
The best way to truly discover what makes a Brodmann special is by visiting our showroom to hear it for yourself! We truly have a European piano for every home — including Brodmann!