Piano August Förster
The piano August Förster is the piano of one of the oldest and most famous brands of musical instruments in the world. It should be noted that these are instruments of high individual, professional performance, as the August Förster factory maintains its long, best traditions for the production of keyboards. For high-quality finishing of pianos and grand pianos, only valuable species of wood are used: rosewood, mahogany, walnut, yew tree. As resonant wood, imported straight-wood fir wood is used. In addition to simple and rather modestly designed cases, instruments are developed in the style of Rococo, Chippendale, Antique.
Today, the company is headed by Volvgang Ferster, he continues the family business in the fourth generation. By decades of proven technology, tool assembly is done only manually. Absolutely every detail undergoes a serious, thorough individual inspection.
The characteristic high-quality, harmonious sound and rather voluminous deployment of tones can be called the result of the vast experience that was acquired during the 140-year process of improving the August Förster instruments.
The very history of the popular German brand began with Friedrich August Ferster - this is the piano master who opened the production in Löbau in 1859. The promotion of the company at that time was facilitated by the rapid development of industry in Germany and, as a consequence, the emergence of more bourgeois who sought to acquire expensive status pianos, previously available only to aristocrats.
Significant successes of Ferster contributed to the recognition of the then concert pianists, and already in 1866 - the receipt of the long-awaited Royal Patent. This privilege gave the right to bear the proud title of Hoflieferant - Supplier of the Court - it was the personification of the highest quality in those days. Later, in 1897, the management of the tool factory was transferred to the founder’s son, Caesar Ferster, who, at the time, expanded production a little and created a new factory in Georgswald, which operated until World War II.
Since the 1920s, Augustus Ferster’s grandchildren Manfred and Gerhard began to lead the music factories. Time passed its course, and already in 1923 the world's first unique, unusual quarter-tone piano was made, and in 1928 the manufacturer released the first quarter-tone piano for a private customer in Paris. In 1932, one of the first electronic keyboards in the world was invented - the so-called electrocord. True, such inventions remained only experimental episodes in the long history of the company. It was during this period that Förster’s musical instruments were acquired by Wilhelm Bakhaus, Sergei Prokofiev, and Ervin Schulhoff.
In the post-war days, August Förster was one of the few active German piano companies, it continued its production in Löbau, which belongs to the territory of the German Democratic Republic (since 1949).
Today, the factory is managed by Wolfgang Förster (since 1990) with his daughter named Annekatrin (5th generation Förster).
Famous composers, teachers and pianists from many advanced countries have repeatedly expressed their sincere admiration for these musical instruments, highlighting their incredibly high playing qualities. S. Prokofiev, R. Strauss, R. Fisher - among them. Now pianos and the August Förster piano can be easily found in many serious concert halls in the world, in conservatories, in radio and television studios, and in modern music schools.