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History Pearl River Piano Group PRPG was established in 1956 by bringing together six small piano shops in Guangzhou The group of 100 employees produced only 13 pianos that year After many attempts Guangzhou technicians were finally satisfied with the tone color and quality of its first manufactured piano and in a short time it was sold in Hong Kong It would be twenty years before the factory was able to prove its potential As a State -owned enterprise PRPG is accountable to the Guangzhou municipal government Investments from both Yamaha and Steinway Sons have played a key role in the expansion of their production In addition PRPG has bought the German piano brand Ritmuller and will be expanding in the European market Guangzhou located at the north of the Pearl River delta is an important trading center as well as a busy port and the capital city of the province of Guandong The city has an area of over 16000 square kilometers and a population of 67 million Guangzhou is also one of the most important centers of foreign commerce in South China There are a lot of interesting legends concerning its past One of the beautiful stories which gives the city its name Goat Town says that five gods riding on five goats brought the first grain to the city In 1959 PRPG consisted of a shed on the side of the street to repair pianos Later a shelter was built to process the wood At that time the pianos were carried in a cart with men walking barefoot to the port During the tumultuous of Mao Zedongs Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s few Chinese dared to buy a piano which symbolized the Wests decadent and bourgeois
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