Exceedingly Rare Concert Grand Piano by Austrian Piano Maker Simon Homolak
Vienna Austria was once considered the musical capital of the world. During the 19th and early 20th Centuries there were a number of family-owned piano manufacturers scatter across Vienna. Most of these smaller manufacturers built pianos in modest numbers, and much historical information has been lost in time.
This beautiful instrument was built by Simon Homolak in Vienna shortly before his death in 1837. The piano appears to be later than 1837 in design and construction, which would indicate that possiblity that Homolak’s family continued building pianos under the Homolak name, however there is no historical information we can find to support this theory. The instrument is a full size concert grand piano which would have been intended for stage performance use. The piano is made of an exotic vertical grain of burl walnut wood. The instrument is being restored to like new condition, inside and out.
It is fascinating to think that this piano would have been in use on the concert stage during Chopin’s lifetime!