Bösendorfer is the most famous and respected name in European pianos. The company was established in 1828 by Ignaz Bösendorfer in Vienna, Austria, and was continued in 1859 by his son Ludwig. Bösendorfer came to prominence when Franz Liszt played an entire concert on one instrument without destroying it! Typically, Liszt would go through several pianos abandoning them with parted strings and shattered hammers, apparently leaving the audience exhausted as well.
The company is still producing magnificent pianos today, 173 years after Ignaz built his first instrument.