The Fazioli 9'2" concert grand piano is a special addition to the life of First Baptist Church in downtown Kalamazoo and to the area arts scene.
It is the first Fazioli piano in Michigan and the first in a church setting in the United States. Prior to its arrival in Kalamazoo, the instrument was used for concerts in northern Europe and England.
The inaugural public performance in Kalamazoo occurred on Saturday, April 13, 2002, just four days after the piano's arrival, when Paul Nitsch joined the Cavani String Quartet in a Fontana Chamber Arts concert. The ensemble played the Dvorak Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81. The Fazioli piano has since been utilized in over 40 events, which have occurred through the Community Arts Program at First Baptist.
The Fazioli piano company, located about 35 miles north east of Venice, Italy, was founded in 1981 by Paolo Fazioli. With professional training in mechanical engineering and piano performance, he set out to produce a new professional grand piano with a distinct sound quality. The pianos feature sounding boards made from a resonant spruce from the forests of Val de Fiemme where Stradivarius sought wood for his violins.