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Theme & Variations

Piano Services

Established in 1985 Theme & Variations Piano Services is Sydney’s premier piano store.
Specialising in new and used pianos for sale, plus piano related services including – piano tuning, repairs and restorations.

Specialist Tuning and Piano Services

We offer piano services across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland to commercial, education and private clients.  Our services include piano tuning, regulation, voicing, and piano cleaning. Our technicians have all the necessary piano servicing equipment to get your job done on time and on budget.

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Inspections & Evaluations

We specialise in onsite piano appraisals for acoustic pianos. If you are seeking to understand the value & condition of your piano, or perhaps looking to buy a second-hand piano privately, we can help you through this process to ensure your new investment is fairly valued and in sound condition.

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Piano School

Piano School

At the Theme & Variations Piano School we aim to motivate and inspire our students to reach their fullest potential.  Our philosophy is to develop new skills and good technique by setting goals and tracking progress.  We welcome students of all ages from beginners through to experienced piano players.

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We have pianos for sale & for hire

Buying your piano with Theme & Variations means that you are purchasing from a company that has over 3 decades of in-depth knowledge of the piano industry and from staff who are passionate about pianos.

Our Story

Starting from humble beginnings Theme & Variations Piano Services is a proud family owned business.

Established in 1985 by leading concert technician Ara Vartoukian, Theme & Variations started as a Sydney based piano services business focusing primarily on piano tuning and repairs.

With much success Theme & Variations soon expanded their services to incorporate a piano showroom featuring leading brands such as Steinway, Yamaha, Young Chang & Ibach pianos.

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Emerging Artists Program

In this program we aim to showcase talented young pianists, to give them the opportunity to perform to a welcoming and appreciative audience.


  • Emerging Artists 2023: Presentation ConcertOctober 27, 2023 - 3:23 pm

      After a most successful 2023 series of concerts which concluded on September 17, we would like to follow up by announcing our exceptional performers at a special presentation concert. Our adjudicator Tony Lee will not be present, as he is performing in Asia. Our co-adjudicator Professor Young Kwon Choi will be present and he […]

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“I love the friendly staff at Theme & Variations! They provide me with the best possible instrument in Australia and their technicians will go out of their way to make sure the instrument is in tip top shape for each performance. I know I am in good hands when I am playing on one of Theme and Variation pianos!”

Joyce YangSteinway Artist

“Theme & Variations is one of my favourite piano stores. They have a great selection of pianos and I love to rehearse at their showroom as well as to perform on their concert grands when I’m in Australia”.

Elio Villafranca Steinway Artist

I am eternally grateful to Ara and Nyree Vartoukian and the team at Theme and Variations for their ferocious and heart-warming support of my career over the past decade. They have played an important part of my trajectory from ambitious competitive young player to where I exist today in the professional sphere. My recently purchased Steinway B (affectionately named Theo) has been a spectacular partner-in-crime. Imbued with all of the characteristics famously attributed to the Steinway brand, it allows my music to speak and sing in ways that are wonderfully heightened.

Alex RaineriSteinway Artist

I have now worked closely with Theme and Variations Piano Services for over 18 years, firstly in my position as Head of Piano at Cranbrook School, and for the last 10 years in my position as Co-ordinator of Performance Studies at Kambala.  At both schools, Nyree and Ara supported the complete ethos of spreading the joy of music and making this possible through patience, confidence in their product and the integrity of their business.

I can honestly say, that without Nyree and Ara, Kambala would not have a Steinway D concert grand and Cranbrook would not be an All-Steinway School. It has always been a joy working with such wonderful people and I envisage this partnership with our school continuing for a long time to come.  Thank you Theme and Variations!

Peter SagarCo-ordinator of Performance Studies Kambala

Theme and Variations has provided pre-performance tuning of the concert grand pianos used for the concerts of the Sydney Mozart Society for more than two decades.  This service has always been to the highest standard demanded by our professional pianists and performed with unfailing reliability. Their passionate support for music and musicians makes it a real pleasure in dealing with Theme and Variations.

Tony RecseiVice President, Sydney Mozart Society

Our Partners

We are fortunate to partner with some of Australian most leading arts organisations and provide specialised piano services for concerts and festivals throughout Australia.

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Support for young pianists

Are you a young pianist looking for some financial support for your studies?

For many years we have supported young pianists who are Australian residents and who seek some financial support for their studies. For full details please see the T&V Foundation website.