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Emerging Artists Final Concert 2017

  The Emerging Artists Series is an initiative from Theme & Variations Piano Services which aims to give promising young pianists the exciting opportunity to prepare and perform a solo piano recital in front of  a live audience. Solo performance opportunities outside of eisteddfords and examinations for young pianists are rare, especially for high school … Continue reading

Beijing Central Conservatorium Technicians Course

It has been another busy fortnight at the Beijing Central Conservatorium of Music Steinway Technical Academy this September.   This intense programme is run over 2 years (4 semesters) with year 1 starting on the tuning, regulating and repairs of upright pianos. Year 2 concentrates on the tuning and servicing of grand pianos. The students … Continue reading

Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition 2017 – A Technician’s Perspective

The Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition is held in Brisbane every two years, this year taking place between the 3rd and 15th of September.   Young pianists from across Australia and New Zealand participate, as competitions such as this provide a springboard into opportunities for pianists.   Once again, our chief piano technician, Ara Vartoukian OAM, … Continue reading

Alexander Yau in Recital at Theme & Variations

Piano Competition – The Battle Behind the Scenes

  If you have ever been to an international piano competition, you would know how intense the battle is to win one of the top prizes.   What you may not know, is that behind the scenes, there is another fierce competition going on – namely between the pianos themselves.   All major piano competitions, … Continue reading

Theme & Variations Piano School HSC, AMUSA, LMUSA Preparation Workshop

The Theme & Variations Piano School is proud to provide a piano exam workshop in the lead up to the August AMEB exams. This is an excellent opportunity to gain an expert second opinion from 2 of our distinguished piano teachers – Gabriella Pusner (ex- Sydney Conservatorium lecturer) and Prof. John Luxton (Former head of … Continue reading

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Sound Test: Find the Model D-274

Bobo the Cavalier has found the Model D. Can you? Here are 5 sound tests, one of which is a recording of the Model D and the rest being recordings of Steinway Model Bs.   See answer below:       Continue reading

Ara Vartoukian OAM and the Beijing Central Conservatory Piano Technicians Course

With Steinway having great in China over the last 10 years in particular with institutional sales. Many Conservatoriums were purchasing multiple instruments every year. It became evident that there was a need for a proper training facility which could produce technicians of a high standard capable of servicing quality instruments throughout China. As a result, … Continue reading

Does Age Matter?

DOES AGE MATTER One of the most common questions we receive from customers when they are first starting out to look at pianos is “should I look to buy new or second hand?” Does the age of the piano matter?” The short answer is yes, but only insofar that an older piano suggests that its … Continue reading

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