• In Summer of 2017 I attended Steinway & Sons technical training in New York City.
• In Fall of 2016 I completed Mason & Hamlin's factory master class in piano tone regulation and voicing. I was privileged to study one-on-one with Mason & Hamlin Chief Voicing Technician Boaz Kirschenbaum.
• In 2015 I was awarded a Certificate of Completion of the Grand Piano Action Master Course conducted by the world renowned Renner Academy, a division of the Louis Renner Company in Germany and Renner USA, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The week-long technical school is a comprehensive course designed for piano technicians who want to expand and perfect their knowledge in all areas of grand piano action replacement, repair, regulation, advanced hammerhead selection, preparation, voicing, back action replacement, and damper regulation.
Academy instructors included three of the industry’s top internationally recognized piano technicians: Rick Baldassin, who serves as a consultant to Renner USA, Fazioli Pianos, and the Utah Symphony, in addition to conducting training seminars in the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Russia, South Korea, and Australia; Nicholas Gravagne, who combines an engineering background with 40 years experience in piano design, manufacturing, and rebuilding; and Michael Spreeman, who founded Spreeman Piano Innovations, creator of customized hand-crafted Ravenscroft pianos.
Only 15 piano technicians from around the world are accepted for each course. I was honored to participate in this course and came away with renewed inspiration and dedication to my work.
Coffee break: On the roof at Steinway in New York.
Standing with giants! From left to right: Michael Spreeman, Nicholas Gravagne, Rick Baldassin, Matt Guggenheim, and Lloyd Meyer, at my certificate presentation at Renner Academy in 2015.