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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 … Continue reading

Sound Test: Battle of the Bs

We put 4 of our Steinway Model Bs together for a side by side comparison. Put on a good pair of headphones and lets see which one you like the best!   * Recorded using a pair of Neumann TLM103s in spaced pair configuration. Performed by Oscar Smith   Continue reading

For the Record – With Elaine Chia

Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker   This symphony has been described as euphoric, but for me it’s the wave of emotions from start to finish that I love. I think it’s even more enjoyable once you hear it over and over – you know what is next … Continue reading

For the Record – with Alexander Gavrylyuk #2

For the Record

For this month’s “For the Record”, I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk music with concert pianist and a dear friend of Theme & Variations – Alexander Gavrylyuk or as we affectionately call him, Sasha.   Following on from our interview with him last time where he talked about his favourite CD – … Continue reading

Sound Test – Steinway Model B #508587 (1988)

  Welcome to our very first sound test! We kick our series off with a very special Steinway Model B from 1988. Our friend from the Sydney University Piano Society was kind enough to lend us his $3000 Neumann TLM103 microphones and take the piano for a jazzy test drive. This piano has what can … Continue reading

Q&A with Nobuyuki Tsujii

“He was absolutely miraculous. His performance had the power of a healing service. It was truly divine.” – Van Cliburn Being born blind has certainly not hindered Nobuyuki Tsujii’s journey to become one of the world’s most promising pianists. Taking the gold medal in the 2009 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Tsujii formidable technique and incredible … Continue reading

Q&A with Avan Yu

This editions Q&A is with jet-setting concert pianist and Sydney International Piano Competition winner, Avan Yu.   What would you say is the most rewarding thing about being a concert pianist?   The most rewarding thing about being a concert pianist for me, is that my profession is also my passion.   When did you … Continue reading

For the Record – With John Luxton

  Pianist, John Luxton on Fauré…   Jean-Phillipe Collard has recorded the complete works of Gabriel Fauré released on 23/03/2010 by Brilliant Classics.   A Frenchman performing the music of a French composer? What could be more desirable, perfect… especially if the Frenchman is Jean-Phillipe Collard and the composer Gabriel Fauré.   Collard proves himself … Continue reading

Q&A with Arnan Wiesel

                          This week Andrew Rumsey got to catch up with pianist and educator, Arnan Wiesel.  Distinguished performer and associate artist, Arnan will be featured in the upcoming Canberra International Music Festival in May (1st – 10th).     Arnan, you have had a … Continue reading

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