Sketches from the history of the Polish piano industry of the 20th century

The talk will be about Polish piano and upright piano manufacturers after the Second World War, but also about some factories from an earlier period. How the Polish piano industry was organised in the inter-war period, how the music industry was reborn after 1945, how the taken-over post-German property in the Recovered Territories was managed, how the production of new pianos and grand pianos was started, how I have arranged a chronology of Legnica and Calisia pianos and Defil mechanisms.

Janusz Starzyk is been professionally involved in piano tuning and repairing since 1985. He received his master’s diploma in 2002. Currently he takes care of instruments in several music schools in the Lubelskie and Podkarpackie Voivodeship (e.g. in Zamość, Krosno, Szczebrzeszyn, Tomaszów Lubelski, Rymanów). I also cooperate with cultural institutions in the region. I am interested in the history of pianos and grand pianos.

Seminar: 3 September (Saturday), 2.45 pm, Room Pine

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