What is the Penguin Pianos story?
Veit Kuhn, the founder, grew up in the German town of Sonneberg/Thuringen. His father instilled in him a love of wood and true craftsmanship, values Veit has treasured and brought with him to Ireland and vested in Penguin Pianos. Kuhn has been a devoted piano technician since 1992. Having spent 12 years working as a piano tuner in Germany and throughout Europe, he and his wife, Rania, opened Penguin Pianos in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare in 2004. Soon after, Penguin Pianos moved to Ennis. The business has since flourished, and the name Penguin Pianos has become synonymous in the West of Ireland with high-quality classical upright and grand pianos.
We recently relocated to the beautiful village of Louroux-Bourbonnais in France with our business. Here, our small, dedicated team now continues repairs and restorations to pianos and grand pianos. If you own a piano in need of care and if interested please sign up for our service tours locally or to Ireland as we travel whenever possible for the pianos of our loyal clientele from those many past years.
... and where does the name "Penguin Pianos" come from?
Penguins and Pianos are popular the world over for their unusually "upright appearance" and natural curiosity.
Their striking black-and-white colouring is often likened to that of a tuxedo - that eventually wouldn't look out of place in the audience of a concert hall! The black and white of a penguin's coat also bears more than a passing similarity to the ebony and ivories of your piano keyboard and the powerful alliterative qualities of the word 'penguin' paired with its monochromatic image make therefore Penguin Pianos the perfect moniker - impossible for either the eye or the ear to ignore!