Meet Brian Wilson CFPiano Technician & Churchill Fellow 2012
Brian V Wilson – Piano Tuner (Definitely NOT the Beach Boy)
Brian’s interest in pianos started at a young age, first from peering inside his parent’s ex-pianola and seeing what happens when different parts moved, to watching a piano tuner work, through to moving onto lessons in classical piano.
Commencing his piano tuning apprenticeship in October 1984 with Piano Service Co in Eagle Farm, Brisbane, Brian found his passion in tuning. Since then he has specialised in tuning, action regulation and voicing of pianos.
Brian has trained at piano factories in 2001 with Kawai, Japan, 2007 Schimmel (Germany) 2009 Steinway (Germany) and was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 2012 and in 2013 he studied in Steinway (USA) Mason & Hamlin (USA) Steinway (UK), Steinway (Germany).
In 2016, Brian travelled to Mason & Hamlin, Haverhill MA to assist in the selection of a concert grand for the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Melbourne.
Brian is now one of the most highly trained and experienced piano tuners in Australia, and one of only a handful of concert technicians trained at the Steinway & Sons Academy in both New York & Hamburg.
But he still loves tuning the family pianos for the next generation of concert pianists. After all – every great pianist has to start somewhere and everyone deserves a well-tuned piano to learn on.
Music Events: Brian has tuned pianos at numerous jazz and classical music events throughout the eastern seaboard including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Gold Coast Jazz Festival, Bangalow Music Festival, Coramba Chamber Music Festival, Four Winds Easter Festival, Music by the Springs, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, ABC Classic FM – Sunday Live, ABC – Keys to Music, recording with ABC Classics, Splendour In the Grass, Music by the Sea, Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane International Jazz Festival, and Australian National Academy of Music.
International Artists: Simon and Garfunkel, Chris Botti, Regina Spektor, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Billy Joel, Sting, Allen Toussaint, Nikolai Demidenko, Bert Bacharach, Victor Borge, Jose Carreras, Roberta Flack, Tony Bennett, Carole King and James Taylor, Harry Connick Jnr, Shirley MacLaine, Cyprien Katsaris, Freddy Kempf, Roberta Flack and U2.
Australian Artists: Piers Lane, Sarah MacKenzie, Ben Lee, Vince Jones, Mark Issacs, Simon Tedeschi, Monica Trapaga, Paul Dean and Dr Stephen Emmerson, James Morrison, Judith Durham, Kate Ceberano, Paul Grabowski and Grace Knight. Brian is also the piano technician for the School of Music, University of Queensland.
Recordings: ABC Classic FM – Sunday Live, ABC Classic FM – Keys to Music, Melba Records – Paul Dean and Dr Stephen Emmerson, Southern Cross Soloists, ABC Classics – Piers Lane and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Accreditation & Training
- Steinway & Sons Concert Academy Certificate (by invitation) Hamburg & New York, 2013
- CF Theodore Steinway Technical Academy for Concert Technicians, Hamburg, Germany – 2009
- Schimmel Grand Pianos, Braunschweig, Germany (by invitation) – 2007
- Yamaha Key Essentials, Grand Piano Preparation, Melbourne – 2004
- Kawai Piano Factory, Hamamatsu, Japan (by invitation) – 2001
Why hire Brian Wilson, Brisbane’s Favourite Piano Tuner?
Clients who work with Brian comment about his technical excellence. They also mention how easy he is to work with, his professional approach and his punctuality. He respects the tradition of each piano manufacturer and works hard to provide quality results.
Preparing a grand piano for a concert or a performance or even a home piano is not a simple act of adjusting the pedals and strings. It is working closely with the piano and the musician to help the piano to sound better, feel better and be easier to play. The touch and the tonal sounds of the piano are interwoven. Brian is a master of observation and of tonality – working with the pianist to tweak, adjust and refine the piano until the perfect balance is achieved.
When not playing or tuning pianos, Brian studies classical saxophone in his home studio or spends his afternoons playing Dad’s taxi for Moreton Youth Music Ensembles with string orchestra as well as being the Manager for the concert band. Brian also trains and competes in Masters Swimming Australia events.