„My aim is to produce
first-class restorations and
reproductions of eighteenth
and early nineteenth century
fortepianos.”

Curriculum Vitae

1954: born in Nottingham, United Kingdom.

1967: family emigrated to New Zealand. Completed secondary schooling and university (Canturbury and Auckland) graduating with a Performance Diploma in organ in 1976.

1977-81: Four-year apprenticeship in organ building in the workshop of Patrick Collon in Brussels, followed by a further 18 months in the harpsichord workshop of David Ley in Maintenon, France, and the fortepiano workshop of Christopher Clarke in Veron, France.

1984: Moved with his wife and two children to Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria, to set up own workshop specialising in the restoration and building of Viennese pianos of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Fortepiano

The pianomakers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries developed a specific concept of design and aesthetic, and built their instruments accordingly. This development continued through the 19th and early 20th centuries to arrive at a type of instrument and a sound quite differrent to those of one hundred years earlier.

I specialise in the restoration and reproduction of early pianos because I believe that the great composers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, who wrote prolifically for the piano, were inspired by the instruments of the time and consciously wrote with their particular sound and qualities in mind.

My working techniques and the fortepianos I have made and worked on are the result of twenty years of research and the discoveries I have made from the restoration, reproduction and maintenance of some of the finest instruments of this period. All along I have been helped and advised by a number of the leading European and Japanese organologists and exponents of the fortepiano.