Julius Gustav Feurich founded Feurich pianos back in 1851 and it only cost him one gold mark to open the manufacturing company in Leipzig, Germany. He was not the first person in his family to build musical instruments, and in fact, previous generations in his family had been doing the same since the 18th century. Feurich’s father and grandfather both built harpsichords and specialist pianos over the years, so a person could say that he was destined for this line of work.
After opening his first manufacturing company, Feurich created the first upright piano in Germany, and no one would attempt the same type of piano for many years afterward. His company was doing so well, that he needed to open a second manufacturing location by 1911. This was possible because the company was considered to be one of the Group of Five. That group was the five leading piano manufacturers within the country, and they all supplied grand pianos to select pianists until the start of World War II.
After the war, the Feurich family was forced to move the business to West Germany, and that is when Mittelfranken became home. The company grew once again, and they were producing double the amount of pianos than they had before. Unfortunately, the company was sold to Bechstein in 1991, but new Feurich pianos were back in production when the family bought the company back in 1993.
A few years later, the manufacturing plant moved once again, and this time, their new home was in Gunzenhausen. By 2003, Feurich piano was partnered up with Hailun Piano Company from China, when Feurich pianos were acquired by Wendl & Lung. That company continues to make the Feurich pianos and market them under the name Feurich Pianoforte. Other pianos are also being produced inside the Hailun factory, though those are more affordable options that still have high-quality.
There is one key feature on Feurich pianos that many people love and that is the optional fourth pedal on their grand pianos. That pedal is known as the harmonic pedal and it is the opposite of the sostenuto. The harmonic pedal holds up everything except for the notes that were struck before the pedal was pushed. The sound of the music when this pedal is pushed is nothing short of mesmerizing.
Feurich pianos have had quite the tumultuous history over the years, but they are still one of the best pianos on the market. Great care is shown within the production of each one and none of them will leave the manufacturing plant until a Feurich expert has deemed it to be of excellent quality.
Enjoy Chopin Ballade No.1 by Paul Barton on his Feurich grand piano: https://youtu.be/sFf6RXSsnHE