Kurtzmann Pianos | A Golden Era Piano Maker
Among the numerous piano makers in operation during the late 19th and early 20th century, C. Kurtzmann & Company contributed to the true ‘golden era’ of piano making in both quality and quantity. Christian Kurtzmann was born in Mecklenburg, Germany in 1815. A piano craftsman by trade, like many of his fellow Europeans, he set forth to America to stake his fortune. Settling in Buffalo, New York, he began to produce instruments in his personal workshop in 1848. In the late 1850s, he went into partnership with a Mr. Hinze, and the company Kurtzmann & Hinze was born. This partnership did not seem to last long, and within a few years, the partnership was split and Christian began the production of pianos under solely his own brand name of Kurtzmann.