Ancient piano dealer established by Giuseppe Passadori (Brescia, May the 20th 1893, November the 17th 1959).
Ancient piano dealer established by Giuseppe Passadori (Brescia, May the 20th 1893, November the 17th 1959). He started the activity when he was sixsteen, restoring his first piano under the expert guide of his uncle Guglielmo Borghetti, organist and piano teacher, son of an ancient spinets producer (one those spinets, dating back to late 700-early 800, is preserved in our offices). From that very first restoration, Giuseppe Passadori laid the foundation of a passion that was going to become his job and his life, and then the life and the job of his whole family.
After the success of that first restoration, he became piano tuner and restorer full time, managing works of increasing complexity. Around 1920 the founder developed his businness introducing the new and second hand high-quality pianos'selling. Laboratory and shop moved from via Dante to via Trieste 36 where they stayed until ’57, year of the inauguration of the current headquarters in via Santa Chiara 6.
With his sons, Piero, Enzo and Angelo the company gets bigger and the most important musicians of that time untrust their instruments to the Passadori Brothers' careful hands, supported by the gifted tuner Werther Bettini (Desenzano, 1911- Brescia 1992).
In 1972 Passadori Pianoforti officially acquires the qualification of Steinway dealer for Brescia province. This is not only a commercial success, but a prestigious medal to put among the family jewels; Steinway & Sons will become the spearhead of a renowed businness strategy based on two pivotal concepts: specialization and excellence.
During the Eighties, two new showrooms have been added to Santa Chiara headquarters, the first one in Duomo Square, the second one in via Rezzato: moreover, the sons Beppe, Angela and Giulio join their parents in the businness, becoming themselves members of the Italian Association of Piano Tuners and Restorers.
During the Nineties, the restoring division is enriched by the collaboration of Giovanni Bertelli. In order to provide a high level service to the clients, Beppe and Giulio undertake a period of traineeship at the Steinway & Sons headquarters in Hamburg, then obtaining an official graduation as concert technicians at Steinway Academy.
Tuner and suppliers of Teatro Grande, of Società dei Concerti di Brescia, of Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Ferruccio Busoni, of Festival Mozart, of Brescia, Trento and Bolzano conservatories, Passadori brothers'ability is acknowledged in 2005 by the most eligible award: the “Steinway&Sons Parnership Lyra”, award that will be also received in 2007.
Since February 2018 Passadori has become the first Italian Steinway Piano Gallery.