Paolo Fazioli was born in Rome in 1944, into a family of furniture makers.
From a very early age he demonstrated a gift for music and a keen interest in the piano.
He consequently took up piano studies, which he continued all the way through high school and university. During his studies he developed an interest in piano construction technology, broadening his expertise by visiting manufacturing and restoration workshops and reading the most authoritative literature on the subject.
In 1969 he graduated from the University of Rome with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and in 1971 received a diploma in piano at the G. Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, under the instruction of Sergio Cafaro. In the same period he also earned a Masters degree in Music Composition at the Academy of St Cecilia, where he was guided by the composer Boris Porena.
In the meantime his elder brothers took over the family business, manufacturing office furniture and exporting it throughout the world under the brand of MIM (Mobili Italiani Moderni). The firmís Turin factory specialised in the production of metal furniture, while the Sacile factory (in the province of Pordenone) manufactured wood furniture using rare and exotic woods such as teak, mahogany and rosewood.
Paolo Fazioli joined the company after graduation, honing his management skills as a production planning manager first in Rome and then at the Turin factory, while at the same time developing his expertise in wood processing.
However, he soon left the family business in order to pursue his dream of designing and building new pianos. He began by dedicating himself to the detailed study of contemporary grand piano production, analysing their structure and performance while consulting researchers and experts in the sector.
His family, and particularly his eldest brother Virgilio, an expert in wood technology, were hugely supportive, providing him with the necessary backing to carry out research, development and production.
During this initial phase, Paolo Fazioli defined the basic characteristics of the piano that he wanted to build. He was convinced that, by introducing a number of design changes based on the latest research in acoustics and materials development, he would be able to build an innovative and superior instrument.