Maria Hildebrandt

Maria Hildebrandt

Management Team, Event Organisation & Sales

Maria Hildebrandt

I never knew what I wanted to be, what job would suit me – until I came across Niendorf.

I’m sure many a student could tell the same tale. It’s an important but often unanswered question: what will I do when I have my degree? Or rather, what will I do to pay the bills? I asked myself the same thing – again and again, in fact. But I never really found an answer. I spent a year in the USA, did voluntary work in Spain on the Camino de Santiago, finished my bachelor in English and Spanish. By then, I did know one thing with absolute certainty: I wanted to start earning some money. I wanted a job, I wanted to create something, make a difference. Ending up with Niendorf was actually a total coincidence. I applied for the office job without knowing what to expect.

My plan was to stay for, say, half a year and then move on again. But what I met with here captivated me entirely: my work is interesting, my co-workers are great. Jessica, for example, has become a close friend, we complement each other perfectly. The work atmosphere is friendly and warm. I ended up getting the job thanks to my language skills and because I’m good with people, a character trait I developed early as a child because my parents had a restaurant. Although I didn’t know what I wanted to be, I’ve found my way today. All the pieces of my life have fallen into place, for example the funny coincidence that my great-grandmother gave me a 1930s Niendorf piano when I was a child. I still have at home.

To me, music is emotion, shivers of exhilaration. You can use music to change your mood. I know exactly how to set my subconscious to be happy or sad.

I sometimes see the musicians who come to take a tour of our factory do the same thing. Some of the people who stop by remember Niendorf from their past or even used to work here. When we show them around the halls, they’re always delighted. They love getting close to all the technical details of piano making, but also because they’re made to feel welcome here. We like to keep everything natural, to make it about people. And we always have time for everyone.

Any musicians who visit sit down at the instruments and we can see that they’re comfortable with them. It’s like they actually become one with the instrument they’re playing. I remember an occasion, the musician visiting was a bit shy and at first was a little scared to approach the instruments. We encouraged him to sit down at a grand piano and give it a try. And then of course we could barely part him from it. All these moments keep proving one thing to me: every coincidence is an opportunity!

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