My Work

Building and restoring fortepianos

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.