HAZEN

At the end of the XVIII century the napoleonic troops mujahids defeat to the First Coalition (Austria, Prussia, Spain and United Kingdom Piedmont), thus beginning its expansion throughout Europe. The tasks of supplies to the troops and the maintenance of the weapons and equipment required of the constant work of a large number of carpenters who passed as well to be part of the armies. Some of them were, in addition, master builders of pianos.

It may be that Jan or Johannes (John) Hosseschrueders (1779-1850), a native of Woensdrecht, Holland, outside one of these artisans of the wood that, tired of wandering with the armies of Napoleon, decided to settle in Spain. Arrived in Madrid in 1802 and work in the piano factory of Francisco Fernandez until 1814, year in that decides to launch his solo adventure.
This was the origin of the house Hazen and its collection with the founding of the piano factory Hosseschrueders, at number 12 of the gran vía de Hortaleza, where stood the guild for the pianists, as were then known by the builders of pianos.

The predominant romanticism at the beginning of the XIX century, toward the piano the favorite instrument of the aristocracy and the booming national bourgeoisie. This, together with the virtuosity of Juan Hosseschrueders momentum the business so in 1820 it was brought to his nephews John (1796-1872) and Peter (1803-1851) Hazen Hosseschrueders, passing our company to be called Hosseschrueders and nephews.

The arrival of the nephews Hazen is the expansion of our company. It was mainly the production of pianos table, but from 1828 we began manufacturing harps. At that time, Fernando VII and later Isabel II driving the fairs and exhibitions of Spanish industrial products, in which our company reaches important awards and honors.

In 1830 John Hosseschrueders decides to return to Holland leaving factory and workshop to his nephews. Mark begins the Hazen.

In the subsequent years, after the death of Fernando VII in 1833 produces a profound economic crisis that involves the closure of many builders of pianos and in 1872 John Hosseschrueders dies, our founder.

John Hazen Alamo (-1945) is a renowned restorer and craftsman, grandson of John Hazen, which begins to lead the company in 1874. Under his command and with the entrepreneurial spirit that presides over this house, we extend our store services and rental pianos with the repair workshop and subsequent sale. In 1880 we moved to Fuencarral Street, 55, where would stay about 90 years.

The end of the XIX century and the beginning of the XX were boom years for our company, with the incorporation of the latest innovations of the time as pianolas, autopianos and electric pianos. Then we had already among our valued customers to the main performers and composers and foreign national as Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) or Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) that already in 1932 we brought the first piano large queue of Spain, specifically a Stenway & Sons D274 available to artists and entities.

With the outbreak of the Civil War in the 36 all the national and international trade is paralyzed. And even though it was hard, thanks to the efforts of the entire family Hazen our company gradually resumed its activity, more now geared to the trade and distribution of pianos and other musical instruments. In 1945 John Hazen dies, inheriting the leadership of Hazen his son Felix Hazen Gil, who leaves us prematurely in 1957. It is at this moment when the company takes the necessary momentum to become the modern Hazen to take the reins of the business Felix Hazen Garcia.

With Felix Hazen Garcia will establish strong business alliances with the major world producers, such as for example the commercial agreement with Yamaha in 1962. As an important part of the innovation process, in 1975 we launched the current headquarters of Las Rozas and we move to the current name Hazen DISTRIBUIDORA GENERAL DE PIANOS, S.A.

At present, the sixth generation of the family Hazen, with Cristina Hazen to the front, continues its business adventure with the pride to admire its 2 centuries of its history and with the commitment and obligation to perpetuate the family legacy. For this reason, Hazen bet for the best commercial attention and continuing innovation both in product and sales channels.

Hazen, ultimately, is a great example of family business spanish for success. With 200 years of tradition and experience; with enough strength to continue to carry out day to day our reason for being: to get the music to anyone who wants to get closer to it.

THE HAZEN HOSSESCHRUEDERS FOUNDATION

Since the arrival of John (Jan) Hosseschrueders to Madrid until our days this beautiful instrument has entered permanently in our house, and we have dedicated our efforts, and our know-how, as a family-owned company that for 6 generations passes on values and a willingness to service in everything related to the music and musicians.

We cannot therefore leave to care for and pamper and investigate the secrets of this mechanism of rope each ball and the sound that produces the action of the earliest hand on the strings, from your point of view as mechanical object, such as decorative object and as a perfect musical instrument of great difficulty of interpretation, the largest of the instruments, and the most lonely, already facing alone piano and pianist in the scenario.

Aware of the importance of the legacy accumulated throughout this time, the family Hazen formed in 1991 the Foundation Hosseschruedes Hazen.

Since the foundation we organize and collaborate on numerous activities related to the piano and the pianists, remains our main objective, the conservation, protection, enhancement and dissemination of the Hazen Collection of the piano and the contribution of the family to the Hazen Hosseschrueders Spanish musical history.

Today, we dare to ensure that our collection is the best of Europe on the piano and for this reason we use many of its early pianos in activities related to the construction, restoration and study of the mechanism of the piano and the various schools of construction.

Another important activity of the Foundation is in the cataloging and preservation of the file in the collection of the piano that Hazen account with revealing documents on the musical history, economic and social of Spain.

In addition, we play an important philanthropic work through the sponsorship of prizes and scholarships.

FÉLIX HAZEN GARCÍA

With Felix Hazen Garcia, Hazen reached its present size moving from being a traditional industry to a diversified company with solid commercial agreements with the leading companies of the sector. President of Hazen since 1957 and creator of the Hazen Hosseschrueders Foundation in 1991, the collection of the Hazen piano would not be possible without your persistence and perseverance. As the same reminded us, the origin of the collection, as well as other great discoveries, was the result of chance. In 1970, there was a tragic event as it sank a building adjoining the headquarters of Hazen in Fuencarral Street of Madrid, by what the City Council ordered the demolition of several adjacent buildings, one of them being our headquarters of the number. In one of the previews, Happy De Haen Garcia found a lump in a secluded corner of the attic, wrapped in brown paper and with kilos of dust. It was a magnificent piano of bureau signed by Hosseschrueders and dated in 1807.

This discovery was the germ of the Hazen Collection of the piano, which currently has about 50 parts, some unique jewels as a Broadwood identical to that played Beethoven or a emblematic Colorao of Steinway

"The love for the piano transmitted by my predecessors, this is the best legacy that must be for the development of our signature and of course the illusion by the disclosure of musical knowledge and confidence in the new promotions of musicians. These are the reasons that encouraged me to create the collection of the piano, as a tribute to my greatest, as a stimulus for future generations."

Félix Hazen García