About Cunningham Piano Company
Philadelphia’s oldest and most respected piano company
Serving piano lovers worldwide since 1891
Cunningham Piano Company was started in 1891 by Patrick J. Cunningham, an Irish immigrant with a craft and a dream. Through his leadership, commitment to quality, and a keen business sense Cunningham Piano Company quickly became one of Philadelphia’s most respected makers of pianos.
Throughout his tenure as President of the company, Patrick J. Cunningham saw his company expand and thrive, gaining awards for both quality and design.
However, the Great Depression was a huge detriment to all businesses and just before the beginning of World War II, Cunningham Piano Company ceased production and their staff focused on helping the war effort. After the war concluded, we began a new chapter. Cunningham Piano Company concentrated on piano restoration.
Today, visitors to Cunningham Piano Company have the opportunity to take a step back in time and tour one of the largest and oldest piano restoration factories in existence. They can look over the shoulders of some of the finest craftspeople in the piano industry as they lovingly bring musical treasures back to life. They can also audition an exciting new addition to the Philadelphia musical community – the New Cunningham Piano!
Richard Galassini is an active performer, a degreed music educator, and is a student of the history, design, touch, and tone of the piano, an instrument he loves. He began with Cunningham Piano Company 30 years ago and is now Co-Owner. He has worked with the science of design, materials, and performance and has had the pleasure of being part of a team that designed and developed the new line of The matchless Cunningham. His special interest is to better understand the history of the piano, the voices of the world’s greatest makers through history, and what today’s pianists enjoy and desire from an instrument.
Tim Oliver has performed on just about every major stage in Philadelphia, as well as many outside our region, and even outside of North America. Tim holds a degree in piano performance but is also a fine classical tenor. These two passions have resulted in an understanding of the acoustic piano and how it can behave in ensemble that few pianists have.
Tim has been a co-owner of Cunningham Piano Company since 1997 and is a graduate of Lycoming College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and General Music. He is musically active with Delaware Valley Opera Company, Vox Amadeus, Philadelphia Singers, and the American Guild of Musical Artists.