Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, a former apprentice to a cabinet maker from the Harz, secretly made his first grand piano in his kitchen in 1836. A few years later, in Seesen, he founded one of Germany's first piano factories to have long-term success and built the world's first grand piano. He emigrated to the United States in 1850 and became the most famous piano maker of all time under the name of Henry E. Steinway. His eldest son Theodor continued to run the business in Germany. The company headquarters have since moved to Braunschweig.
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