|Michael Ryan has more than 30 years experience as a piano technician and tuner.
He is an accredited Steinway, Kawai, and Piano-Disc Technician. In 1999 while working in the Steinway factory in Hamburg, Germany, he covered all aspects of the piano’s construction. In 2001, he attended further training and received full accreditation at the ‘Steinway Academy’ for concert technicians in Hamburg. Attendance at this Academy was at that time by invitation only.
In 2003, he worked in the Kawai factory in Japan, and at the end of this time was awarded the honour of being a ‘Kawai Master Piano Artisan’.
Michael also played a major role in writing, establishing and implementing the Australasian Piano Tuners & Technicians Association Accreditation exam, and is currently on the testing committee. He was heavily involved with the writing of the National Furnishing Curriculum for Musical Instrument Tuning & Repair, which he taught through TAFE to local and interstate apprentices. He has also attained a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.
Michael Ryan is also a Registered Piano Technician in the United States having passed their accreditation exam.
Michael has been a member of the Piano Tuners & Technicians Guild QLD since 1982, was Treasurer from 1986-1995 and President between 1995 and 2001. He was also the Treasurer of the Australasian Piano Tuners & Technicians Association from 1995 to 1999. He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the IAPBT and President of the PTTG QLD.
Since commencing his own business in 1982 he has accumulated a list of clients which includes:-
The QLD Conservatorium of Music, QLD Cultural Centre, Qld Performing Arts Complex, Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Festival Hall, Mt Gravatt Teachers College, Kelvin Grove QUT, Brisbane Boys Grammar, Mayne Hall- Qld Uni, QLD Ballet, QLD Theatre Company, countless national and international artists as well as many schools and music teachers. Michael is currently the head tuner/technician at the Qld Conservatorium of Music as well as the tuner for all the major concert venues in Brisbane.
Artists he has tuned for include:-
Classical Artists:- Michael Ponti, Alfredo Perl, Jose Carreras, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Steven Hough, Piers Lane, Lev Vlassenko, Boris Bermann, Anton Kuerti, Peter Donohoe, Michael Keiran Harvey, Lev Vlassenko, Michele Campinella, Ivan Moravic, David Helfgott, Roger Woodward, Christina Ortiz, Kathleen Battle, Daniel Adni, Mikhail Voskressensky, Bryn Terfel, Leslie Howard, Stephen Kovacevich, Michel Dalberto, Imogen Cooper, Angela Hewitt, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pavarotti, Victor Borge, Nickolei Demidenko, Dimitri Alexeev and many more.
Contemporary artists include:- Diana Ross, Lisa Minelli, Peter Allen, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Dire Straits, Joe Cocker, Joe Jackson, The Eagles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Bryan Adams, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Jerry Lewis, Tina Turner, Deep Purple, Tony Bennett, Debbie Reynolds, Dianna Krall, Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and many more.
Authorised Petrof Piano Technician
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Piano Technician Michael Ryan applies the final touches to a Petrof grand piano