Future Piano

We are currently building

the piano of my dreams:

a lightweight, vertical

grand piano.


The Standing Grand.

FUTURE PIANO is creating a ‘Standing Grand’: a vertical grand piano. We want to tackle the space limitations of modern homes: our piano offers ‘the sound of a grand in the space of an upright’©. It will be easy to move around, radically space saving, affordable and lightweight. 

Future Piano was founded by pianist Sarah Nicolls. She invented the new piano shape through her own style of playing the strings as well as the keys. So, through its revolutionary design, this piano also making every part of every string available to the performer. These ‘inside piano sounds’, used by composers for over 100 years, mean new sounds can be added to the piano’s palette. 

Future Piano was formed in 2017, to lead an Innovate-UK funded Design Foundations research phase. The team that Sarah assembled is now moving towards their first build, of the world’s first ever lightweight ‘Standing Grand’ employing aerospace composites technology.

The engineers and co-Directors of Future Piano are Tim Evans and Chris Vaissiere.