Brian’s interest in pianos started at a young age, first from peering inside his parent’s ex-pianola and seeing what happens when different parts moved, to watching a piano tuner work, through to moving onto lessons in classical piano.
Commencing his piano tuning apprenticeship in October 1984 with Piano Service Co in Eagle Farm, Brisbane, Brian found his passion in tuning. Since then he has specialised in tuning, action regulation and voicing of pianos.
Brian has trained at piano factories in 2001 with Kawai, Japan, 2007 Schimmel (Germany) 2009 Steinway (Germany) and was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 2012 and in 2013 he studied in Steinway (USA) Mason & Hamlin (USA) Steinway (UK), Steinway (Germany).
In 2016, Brian travelled to Mason & Hamlin, Haverhill MA to assist in the selection of a concert grand for the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Melbourne.
Music Events: Brian has tuned pianos at numerous jazz and classical music events throughout the eastern seaboard including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Gold Coast Jazz Festival, Bangalow Music Festival, Coramba Chamber Music Festival, Four Winds Easter Festival, Music by the Springs, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, ABC Classic FM – Sunday Live, ABC – Keys to Music, recording with ABC Classics, Splendour In the Grass, Music by the Sea, Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane International Jazz Festival, and Australian National Academy of Music.
International Artists: Simon and Garfunkel, Chris Botti, Regina Spektor, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Billy Joel, Sting, Allen Toussaint, Nikolai Demidenko, Bert Bacharach, Victor Borge, Jose Carreras, Roberta Flack, Tony Bennett, Carole King and James Taylor, Harry Connick Jnr, Shirley MacLaine, Cyprien Katsaris, Freddy Kempf, Roberta Flack and U2.
Australian Artists: Piers Lane, Sarah MacKenzie, Ben Lee, Vince Jones, Mark Issacs, Simon Tedeschi, Monica Trapaga, Paul Dean and Dr Stephen Emmerson, James Morrison, Judith Durham, Kate Ceberano, Paul Grabowski and Grace Knight. Brian is also the piano technician for the School of Music, University of Queensland.
Recordings: ABC Classic FM – Sunday Live, ABC Classic FM – Keys to Music, Melba Records – Paul Dean and Dr Stephen Emmerson, Southern Cross Soloists, ABC Classics – Piers Lane and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
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