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Industry Musical instruments
Founded 1864
Founder Antonín Petrof
Headquarters Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Area served
Key people
Zuzana Ceralová Petrofová
Products Grand pianos and upright pianos
Production output
Yearly around 1,750 new grand pianos and 12,000 uprights[1]
Number of employees
about 1,000[1]
Petrof piano at the exhibition
1895 ad for Petrof pianos

Petrof is a Czech piano manufacturer. It is the leading European piano manufacturer, exporting to more than 60 countries.[2]


The company was founded in 1864 in Hradec Králové, Czech Kingdom, by Antonín Petrof (d. 1915), who had studied piano making in Vienna at renowned companies such as Heitzmann, Friedrich Ehrbar und Schweighofer.

The owner Antonín Petrof was awarded an imperial and royal warrant of appointment to the court of Austria-Hungary.[3] In 1924 was company except for Europe exporting its pianos to Japan, China, Australia and South America.

At the World Exhibition 1934 in Brussels, the Petrof instruments won the gold medal.[4] At that time, approximately 400 people worked at their factory.

In 1948, Petrof was nationalized, though reprivatized between 1991 and 1998.[5] Petrof is currently led by two sisters from the fifth generation of the Petrof family and produces approximately 5000 upright pianos and 900 grand pianos.[6][7] Petrof is known for several innovations, such as ways to adjust the mechanics and particularly pressure point through magnetic systems.[8][9]

Petrof pianos have had many famous admirers, including among others: Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Sviatoslav Richter, Count Basie, Richard Clayderman, Ennio Morricone and Mark Levinson.[2][10]

At present, Petrof pianos produce six basic models. Concert master instruments P284 Mistral, P237 Monsoon and P210 Pasat are made individually by the best experts of the company. P194 Storm, P-IV and P-V are prepared in a standard manner.


  1. ^ a b Williams, John-Paul (2002). The Piano, p. 90. New York: Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-8151-6.
  2. ^ a b Northwest Pianos, Petrof
  3. ^ Handbuch des Allerhöchsten Hofes und des Hofstaates Seiner K. und K. Apostolischen Majestät., Vienna: K.k. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1917, p. 517 
  5. ^ Neuveden (1998-02-28). "Petrof – Privatization". Český rozhlas. Archived from the original on 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  6. ^ "Where can I read more about PETROF?". Petrof. 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  7. ^ Lothar Martin (2009-01-26). "Economic crisis: further layoffs in piano building and glass industry". Český rozhlas. Archived from the original on 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  8. ^ "PETROF Company history". (in German). Petrof. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  9. ^ "From a Koeniggraetz-based workshop to all over the world" (in German), Prager Zeitung (Prag: Prago Media), 2009-08-19 
  10. ^ Petrof famous owners and admirers

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