Pearl River Pi­ano now call­ing the tunes at Schim­mel

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

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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