‘Portraits of a Piano’ – a special presentation by Mr Ara Vartoukian at the AFCM in Townsville

9am Saturday 4 August at C2 Auditorium, Townsville Civic Theatre


Duration: 1 hour (can be combined with the Families’ Concert)


Presented by Theme & Variations director and Steinway technician, Mr Ara Vartoukian, this informative talk will outline the ‘Secrets of Steinway’ and cover some of the basic ways to look after a piano in north Queensland.


Topics include: 


* parts of the piano


* a brief history of the piano


* tips to care for a piano (especially in the context of extreme weather and environmental conditions)


* outline of tuning, regulation and voicing


Theme & Variations Piano Services supply the concert and rehearsal pianos for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music including the Winterschool.  




This event is suitable for families, piano owners, piano buyers and those who enjoy and play music.  Admission is free.


This event can be combined with the ‘Families Concert’ at 10am at the Civic Theatre.  Tickets to this particular concert can be purchased through AFCM / Ticketshop.


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Ara Vartoukian

Concert Technician

Cert. of Piano Tuning & Technology (SCM) with Merit

Ara Vartoukian founded Theme & Variations Piano Services in 1985 as a service/piano repair company and expanded the business to include a retail showroom. Prior to forming Theme & Variations, Ara was lecturer in charge at the School of Piano Tuning & Technology at Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 1982 and 1985 and has also participated in piano technology conventions across Australia and New Zealand.

In 1997, Ara was awarded the exclusive dealership for Steinway & Sons pianos in NSW and in 2005 was also awarded the exclusive dealership for Steinway & Sons in QLD.

Ara has gained vast experience studying with many piano manufacturing companies around the world including Steinway, Yamaha, Ibach, Grotrian Steinweg, Bosendorfer, Bechstein and Young Chang.

As well as taking care of pianos across many private homes, educational institutions and performance venues aroundSydney, Ara tunes and prepares pianos at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.

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