Charles R. Walter (1927-2019)


Piano Company Founder Charles R Walter Dies at 92

Charles R. Walter, a pillar in the piano business for nearly 60 years, passed away May 17. He was 92 years old.

According to NAMM's Oral History program, Walter was hired by the C.G. Conn Co. to work in the piano design department in 1964. During his time there, he worked under Earle Kent, the director of research and engineering. When the company decided to discontinue one of their piano lines, Walter saw an opportunity. In 1977, a year after establishing his own piano manufacturing business, he introduced the first Charles R. Walter Piano at The NAMM Show in Chicago. It was the beginning of his own brand and design, which grew into a family business that continues to produce quality instruments.

In addition to running a successful business, Walter was also very active in encouraging music makers of all ages by supporting several organizations, including AMC and the NAMM Foundation.

"His contributions to music will be felt for generations to come," said Dan Del Fiorentino, music historian for NAMM.