Chris Brown, RPT, the founder and owner of Concord Piano, has been working on pianos since 1977. After apprenticing with Tom Sheehan at Berklee College of Music and working in a Boston rebuilding shop, he received formal training in the two-year piano technology program at Boston's North Bennet Street School. For more than 40 years now, Chris has persevered at the physical, philosophical, technical, and artistic challenges of pianos. Best voicing, for instance, depends on a careful preparation of friction, weight, geometry, balance, spacing, hammer-to-string fit, and tuning. How to best implement these parameters has been learned from actions rebuilt and the generosity of other technicians. As an expert in his field, Chris tries to continually grow as both student and technician and to pass on what he can of his knowledge. The development of the innovative Grandwork™ tools and protocols has honed his expertise and provided opportunities to exhibit and teach.
Kazuo "Yoshi" Yoshizaki
Yoshi Yoshizaki, RPT graduated from college in Tokyo with a mechanical engineering degree. His love of mechanics met his love of music when he first played a Steinway piano. He started to read books on pianos and about Steinways, in particular. One summer, he was able to attend a three-day introductory course in piano technology with Bill Garlick on Long Island. Afterwards, Yoshi started to service his own piano, and in 1997 he enrolled at North Bennet Street School in Boston. There he studied tuning and regulation in the first year with Jack Stebbins and Christine Lovgren and rebuilding in the second year with David Betts. After the first year, he was selected to be an assistant piano technician at the Tanglewood Music Festival, working under technician/rebuilder Joel Rappaport. He graduated from NBSS with a Golden Mute Award in 1999 and came to work for Concord Piano as an independent contractor in 2006.
Xiaodan Liu, RPT(pronounced Shao-dan’)grew up in Shanghai, China, where she studied violin making and violin performance at Shanghai Conservatory, laterbecoming a full-time violinist in the Beijing Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. In 1990, she came to Boston to pursue a Masters at BU College of Fine Arts and in the mid '90s worked as a master flute-maker, first at Verne Q. Powell Flutes and then at Brannen Brothers Flutemakers. But Xiaodan had always been fascinated by pianos and in 2004, she embarked on the two-year piano technology program at North Bennet Street School. During this time, she won internship positions at both the NBSS piano shop and at the BU Tanglewood Institute, where she now has an ongoing summer position as Head Technician. Xiaodan has been an independent contractor at Concord Piano since 2009 .
In the early 90’s, Jude Reveley, RPT began his piano technology career at Berklee College of Music under Tom Sheehan. In 1995, he apprenticed with George Crawford RPT, a technician who specializes in soundboard replacement. Simultaneously, Jude founded Absolute Piano Restoration to service a growing list of private clients, including subcontract work for Steinert's, the local Steinway dealership. This job afforded him opportunities to train at the Steinway Factory in Long Island City, NY. He passed the rigorous testing to became a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) in the Piano Technician’s Guild and in 2006 was invited to participate in the Rebuilders Gallery at the National PTG Convention in Rochester, NY. Then Jude purchased the soundboard panel manufacturing division of Roseland Piano and became a member of the Bellyheads, a think-tank of bellymen dedicated to the collective advancement of piano design, specifically soundboard technology. In 2009, Jude joined the Concord Piano team as an independent contractor bellyman. And in 2013, he added a first class spray booth to his shop and became the team's refinisher.
Mike Morvan (an associate member of the Piano Technicans Guild) has applied machinist skills to the nearly lost art of key covering. His plastic and his ivory keyboards are the best in the business. Solving challenges of unusable balance holes, over-sanded keys, and keys ravaged by amateur repairs, he adds such specialty extras as leather key bushings and custom buttons. He is master of the Bridgeport milling machine and inventor of jigs that produce exact and elegant results. He also is heir to Frank Stopa's Pratt-Read jigs, fixtures, and mentoring guidance. To this arsenal of tooling he added a CNC router and has produced best quality buttons, shoes, keys, and keyframes for the trade.
In the late 1970s, Raymond “Rob” Bushell expanded the family business started by Elsworth and Ethel Moody, changing the name to Bushell Piano Movers and shifting emphasis from retail to moving pianos (although the retail business is still alive and well today). For over forty years now, Bushell Piano Movers has been moving pianos across the 48 contiguous states, maintaining an unwavering commitment to providing quality products, services, and customer satisfaction. Bushell Piano Movers move over 3000 pianos a year, but yours is always the most important move they make! Thisfamily-owned and operated company has been a best asset to Concord Piano for over 30 years.