December 2018 – Piano Tuning, the perfect gift!

“Thank you so much, Jurgen, for taking the time today, during the holidays, to surprise my husband with the gift of tuning our antique Knabe piano.   It was a small investment for a great deal of joy, as you have done a magnificent job with this instrument.  We both appreciated the gentle care you took, and the sharpness of your ear to be able to tune its own perfection.  My husband can hardly be dragged away from the piano in order to make my dinner this evening, so it would appear that I have outsmarted myself.”

Nevertheless, you do provide wonderful service!  We shall see you again.

Best regards, Wendy


October/November 2018 – Piano Tuning in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Once again, I’ve completed my voyage up north to tune pianos in the specacular town of Yellowknife, North West Territories. 

yyf-yellowknife_old-town_terry-parker-and-nwttI was there from October 25 – November 3rd, 2018, tuning more than 30 pianos during that time.  I have a dedicated clientelle that book in rapidly, and my piano tuning “slots” were completely full this year.  If you live in Yellowknife and want to get on a list for piano tuning, please contact me.  I often go there in the fall and spring. 

I want to thank my hosts that put me up in the old town area, just close to the houses in the photo.  This year the temperature dropped to -10 and we had over 25 cm of snow the day I left…just in time!  I’ll be back in the spring….

September 2018 – Rebuilding two historic pianos

P1080912 BIn addition to tuning and repairing pianos all over Vancouver Island, I also have a busy piano technician supply business.  Through this business, I have come to know hundreds of top-notch piano technicians all over the world.  This includes my friends and colleagues at Erwin’s Piano Restoration, in Modesto, California.  https://www.erwinspiano.com

A long-time dream of mine is to rebuild and restore two of my historic pianos.  They are unique instruments that I brought from Europe many years ago.  The first is an 1872 Ed. Westermayer piano, a 6 foot grand piano in a rosewood case.  Although this name is not well known, this is a revolutionary piano in its design and its engineering, which was well ahead of it’s time.
The second instrument is a 1920’s Popper player piano.  This piano comes with a complete “orchestrion”, which is a whole group of instruments in a box on top of the piano, which also play off the player piano rolls.  (Think Roaring 20s)

This September I had the great privilege of going to Modesto to work at rebuilding these instruments with my colleagues at Erwin’s piano.  I was there for about 10 days, and it was a dream come true to be focusing all my energy, training, and experience on these beautiful instruments.  I thank my good friends for letting me work with them in one of the best piano rebuilding shops in the United States.
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We even managed to get away for a day at Yosemite National Park on the weekend.  Here’s a picture of Dale Erwin and myself enjoying the views!

August 2018 – Piano Technician Seminar in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island

I have benefited from extensive piano technology training and I have 35 years of professional piano technician experience, but I am still a strong advocate of professional development for myself and all my colleagues.  Piano technology is a discipline of life long study and improvement.  I have attended many educational events, and also organize and teach at such events. It’s a vital way to hone our skills, share our knowledge, and strengthen colleagiality among piano technicians. 

busby-tuningThis summer, I helped organize a piano technician professional development seminar held in Nanaimo on August 25th. We invited Jim Busby, a top-notch piano technician from Utah.  Jim has been the concert technician for Brigham Young University, and has taught at regional and national Piano Technician Congresses, among other things.

Using hands-on demonstrations, Jim took us through the steps of thorough regulation and fine voicing that are required to bring an instrument to concert level.  We had 22 piano technicians attend, from all over Vancouver Island, Vancouver, and central British Columbia.   A great day was had by all!

Thanks to the Canadian Association of Piano Technicians’ and the Vancouver Island Chapter of the Piano Tecnician’s Guild for sponsoring this event.  Thanks also to all the organizers and Vancouver Island University for allowing us to host the event there, and to use their Steinway Grand Piano.

August 2018 – Piano Tuning for the Hornby Island Festival

Once again, I’m off to tune pianos on Hornby Island, one of the most beautiful gulf islands in B.C., just off the East coast of Vancouver Island. Hornby Island is an annual tradition for me, as I tune & repair the Bechstein concert grand piano that is used for the Hornby Island Music Festival each August.  I also tune pianos for private individuals – if you live on Hornby Island and would like to get your piano serviced, please contact me.

This year, 2018, there are two main piano performances.  For more information, please go to www.hornbyfestival.com


Golka_0078_previewAdam Golka, Classical Piano
Thursday, Aug. 9:  8 PM
7 PM Preshow Talk (hall doors 6:30)
Community Hall
Beethoven: Piano Sonata N.7 in D major, Op.10, No.3
Michael Brown: 30 Chords for Adam; Folk Variations
Roman Rabinovich: Antiquity from Memory Box
Adam Golka: Piano Narrative No.1
Ignacy Jan Paredewski: Nocturne, Op.16, No.4; Cracovienne Fantastique, Op. 14, No 6
Frederic Chopin: Fantasy in F mino/A flat Major, Op. 49;  Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.30, No 4; Scherzo #2 in B-flat minor/D-flat Major, Op.31
Polish-American pianist Adam Golka was recently selected by Sir András Schiff to perform recitals at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Germany, Tonhalle Zürich, as well as in Berlin and New York. Adam has been regularly on the concert stage since the age of sixteen, when he won first prize at the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He has also received the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association. With his extensive concerto repertoire, Golka has appeared as a soloist with dozens of orchestras, among those the BBC Scottish, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Phoenix, San Diego, Fort Worth, Vancouver and Seattle symphonies, among others. Adam made his Carnegie Hall Debut in 2010.

Paul-Williamson-Photo_previewPaul Williamson, Classical Piano
Friday, Aug. 10 1 pm – Doors at 12:30
Community Hall
Included in CBC Music’s 2017 edition of “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30,” pianist Paul Williamson is quickly establishing himself as a versatile performer of solo and collaborative repertoire. An award winner at local, provincial, and national competitions, Paul received first place in the piano category of the 2014 Canadian National Music Festival and first place at the 2017 Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association national piano competition. Paul is currently finishing his final year of studies at the University of Manitoba where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. This upcoming fall, Paul will be moving to Los Angeles where he will begin graduate studies at the Colburn. Williamson was chosen to perform as an exceptional emerging Canadian classical musician.

Spring 2018 – Piano tuning, servicing and repair on Vancouver Island

Happy Spring & Summer!

P1080139I just want to wish all my piano tuning clients a great summer 2018.  As I travel up and down central Vancouver Island to tune and repair pianos, I am always grateful for the beautiful place I work and live.  From Shawinigan Lake and Cobble Hill in the south to Qualicum Beach and Hornby Island in the north, I’ve got a wonderful clientelle and many pianos I’ve tuned over the last 30 years.  I look forward to more!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need piano servicing.

Here’s a few images from summer 2018 in Nanaimo.

Cheers – Jurgen
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March 2018 – Piano Tuning & Servicing – Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Hello to all my piano tuning clients and colleagues!

P1070721I just got back from my annual trip to the capital of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife. Each year I go north to tune, service, and repair pianos in this interesting part of the world.  This year was during spring break – which in Yellowknife is busy with their winter festivals – the long john jamboree, the snowcastle, the dog sled races, the ice carving, the entertainment.  It is a bright and sunny time of year, but was it ever cold!  -30 degrees celcius, at the end of our stay.  In addition to tuning many pianos and catching up with long-term clients, I also took some holiday time since my wife came up to visit for the first time ever. 

Next trip to Yellowknife: Fall 2018.  Don’t forget to book your piano tuning!

Here’s a few photos!
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January 2018 – Perfect piano tuning moment! Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  I wish you all a wonderful musical year.  May we all have a few perfect moments now and then….

I love tuning a beautiful piano to create lovely harmonies.  But I must admit, it’s even easier when I’m getting spoiled.   Last fall I arrived at a long-term client’s house up in Yellowknife to tune her grand piano.  In the middle of the tuning, she brought me fantastic caffe latte, and the combination was too beautiful to pass up.  I had to snap this shot of the perfect piano tuning moment.  That being said, do NOT put liquids on your piano!  It’s a bad example!  But a nice coffee to the piano technician never hurts….
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December 2017 – Best wishes for peace and harmony during the holidays

It’s a busy time of year for a piano technician – I’m almost totally booked up until Christmas, tuning and preparing pianos for Christmas concerts, parties and recitals all over central Vancouver Island.  I tune pianos from Mill Bay, Shawinigan, Duncan, Chemainus, and Ladysmith in the south, to my home town of Nanaimo, and north to Qualicum Beach, Parksville and beyond.  To all of my wonderful piano clients, I wish you a joyful and harmonius holiday period.
Luckily it’s not this cold here:

Happy Holidays To All!             

Best wishes from Piano Forte Service. 

November 2017 – Piano Tuning and Servicing in Yellowknife, NWT

Once again, it’s time for my bi-annual trip to the Northwest Territories to tune and repair pianos in Yellowknife.  I’ve been travelling to Yellowknife for over 15 years now, and have a dedicated YKNWTclientel that I am in touch with every time I go.  While in Yellowknife, I service and tune pianos for all sorts of community groups – from schools to churches, from concert venues to private individuals.  I also enjoy visiting the wonderful people up in the north – their friendliness and generosity is unparalleled!

This year I will be in Yellowknife from Sunday October 29th until Wednesday November 8th.  I have a limited availability for new clients, but if you do need your piano tuned (and you live in Yellowknife), please contact me and I’ll see if I can squeeze you in!

Piano Forte Service:

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250-754-2440

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