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Brodmann pianos, Beethoven and von Weber
Carl Maria von Weber's Brodmann
Ludwig von Beethoven
Brodmann grand piano circa 1815
Carl Maria von Weber

Joseph Brodmann was a pioneering piano maker in Vienna in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. As a young man, he came to Vienna and apprenticed with the piano builder Frederick Hoffmann.

Vienna was the center of the musical world. Influenced by the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, Joseph Brodmann was one of the first and best known piano designers and craftsmen.

World-famous musicians and composers, including Beethoven and von Weber, owned and played Brodmann pianos.

Brodmann's contribution to piano design laid the groundwork for his most talented apprentice, Ignaz Bösendorfer, whose pianos are still considered among the finest in the world.

Portrait of Ignaz Bösendorfer

A great master, Brodmann, found an ingenious pupil, Bösendorfer, who took everything he learned and began to make Bösendorfer pianos when he took over Joseph Brodmann’s workshops in 1828.

Today, Vienna-based Brodmann continues the legacy with three lines of Brodmann grand and upright pianos.