Pearl River Piano now calling the tunes at Schimmel
Zhu Wenyu, chairman of Shanghai Best Friend Music Culture Co Ltd, China’s largest domestic piano retailer, said the local market has grown substantially in the past three decades.
“In the late 1980s, we would celebrate if we sold one piano a month, and that number increased to around 10 by early 1990s.
“Imported pianos were almost unheard of before the late 1990s, but since 2000 they have gained popularity and over the past few years we have sold more than 100 luxury, imported Steinway pianos annually,” Zhu said, adding ownership is much larger in major cities. He said approximately 3 percent of families in the country now own a piano, but around one in five families in Shanghai has one.
ZhouWenting in Shanghai contributed to this story.
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