ABOUT US


Frits Janmaat is now recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities on the restoration of French pianos. Based in Amsterdam since 1979, Frits has spent many years restoring pianos from a variety of sources, but he has always been attracted to the unique sound and beauty of Erard pianos. He has now decided to specialise in pianos from this house of Erard. For the first time in history Frits Janmaat had his own succesfull concertserie in the famous Amsterdam concertgebouw, the big hall as well the small hall, with his restored instruments of the romantic period for almost 10 years.

In 1998, at the request of the Musee de la Musique in Paris, Frits restored an Erard concert grand piano which had been signed by Franz Liszt after a concert he gave in Lyon in 1844. He has also restored an Erard for Jos van Immerseel, and subsequently supplied him with several other fine Erard pianos.

In 2001, Frits delivered a beautiful salon size Erard to Cornell University in Ithaca NY.

 

 

In addition to restoring pianos, Frits also lectures and gives workshops in conservatories and music schools all over the world. More than 60 CDs have been made by a variety of artists using his restored instruments. The focus of these CDs has not only been on classical music, but also covers the whole range from jazz, tango and even extends to pop music.

The early, 1820 - 1850, the middle, 1850 -1880, the late, 1880 -1900, and the modern, 1900-1930. All have double repetition action with ivory keys, and those which are not in the process of being restored, are ready for purchase. They are also available for recordings and can be rented for concert performances. Many historically important composers have chosen for these parallel stringed instruments between 1830 and 1930. The list is long, but includes names such as Mocheles, Mendelsohn. Liszt, Chopin, Thalberg, Meyerbeer, L de Meyer, Pixes, Herz, Tausig, Diepenbrock, Verdi, Wagner and Alkan,Saint-Saens,Fauré.

It's more than interesting to visit our beautiful atelier in the center of Amsterdam. Frits Janmaat will be very happy to give you information and let you get inspired by these beautiful intruments.

Many of these instruments find their way into private homes starting a new life as a respected and beautiful instrument. All these instruments have one thing in common, they are all straight strung. This gives the instrument a very high register-quality, meaning that it allows the piano to produce a clear, transparent tone in every register. This quality regrettably disappeared in pianos using the cross stringing system. Straight stringing gives beautiful and elegant sound and also on top of that an elegant design in every veneer type. Inside the atelier you will find four periods of Erard pianos.The early, 1820 - 1850, the middle, 1850 -1880, the late, 1880 -1900, and the modern, 1900-1930. All have double repetition action with ivory keys, and those which are not in the process of being restored, are ready for purchase. They are also available for recordings and can be rented for concert performances. Many historically important composers have chosen for these parallel stringed instruments between 1830 and 1930. The list is long, but includes names such as Mocheles, Mendelsohn. Liszt, Chopin, Thalberg, Meyerbeer, L de Meyer, Pixes, Herz, Tausig, Diepenbrock, Verdi, Wagner and Alkan, Saint-Saens, Fauré,

Ravel choose for an 'Erard 2.12 AVEC CORVES PARALELLES SANS VERRE' in 1907. He did not choose for a cross-stringed instrument, because the cross-stringed system made the sound unclear and to 'thick' for his music.

It's more than interesting to visit our beautiful atelier in the center of Amsterdam. Frits Janmaat will be very happy to give you information and let you get inspired by these beautiful intruments.