Fazioli Pianoforti was begun by pianist/engineer Paolo Fazioli in 1981. Mr. Fazioli, a passionate perfectionist, set out to build the best piano possible, a brave proposition considering the large manufacturers with whom he was competing. That first year 3 pianos were produced by Fazioli. Since 1981 production has slowly increased and Mr. Fazioli has continued to improve his pianos. Today just about 100 pianos are produced by hand each year, with just over 1,300 pianos having been made since inception. Though obviously a rare commodity, their reputation grows as more professional artists look to Fazioli as the piano of choice and publications and books attest to the Fazioli piano's superior quality. In April 2005, Paolo Fazioli went a step further in building a state-of-the-art concert hall within the factory. This will allow customers to test and choose pianos in a concert hall environment, as well as for Fazioli to make more high-quality recordings and to organize a concert series which will attract some of the world's top talent.