- Patrizio Barbieri
(b Rome, July 16, 1944). Italian piano maker. After graduating in mechanical engineering from the University of Rome and taking a piano diploma at the conservatory of Pesaro, he first devoted himself to directing his family's furniture business. In 1978 he assembled a team of acoustic physicists, timber experts and piano makers and players. His aim was to bring about the production in Italy of a new professional grand piano, each one handcrafted individually, produced in small quantities, and having a sound quality that is distinct from pianos made by other leading manufacturers. The new firm, Fazioli Pianoforti, was officially founded in 1981, the year in which Fazioli exhibited the full range of his instruments at the Frankfurt music fair. The public was incredulous and sceptical at first, but success followed rapidly, and today the models F278 and F308 are considered at least the equal of concert pianos produced by the best international firms. The F308 is the largest concert piano available on the world market. These are the first Italian-made grand pianos with their own character and with a worldwide distribution....