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Peter Salisbury

Peter started his career serving a 10 year apprenticeship as a ‘Concert Piano Technician’ with Steinway in London.

His experience whilst at Steinway culminated in the position of ‘Workshop Master Technician’, responsible for training a team of technicians and finishing grand piano restoration projects. He was also responsible for the quarterly maintenance of the BBC pianos throughout London. During this time he played an active part in the concert piano division tuning all over London in venues such as the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity College of Music, the BBC in all their London recording studios and the Fairfield Halls. He was a senior member of a team of technicians responsible for annual servicing of the principal grand pianos in the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall, Trinity and Royal Northern College of Music.

In 1985 he left Steinway and became freelance, soon after being offered a position with Bösendorfer pianos in Vienna as a consultant, and spent two years representing them as their head concert technician in London. He studied Bösendorfer methods of production in the Vienna factory and acted as consultant for design implementations to the Imperial 290 with the help of eminent concert pianists. He was awarded the contract for the Royal Academy of Music, which he held for over 10 years, rebuilding their entire stock of first study Steinway B grands and concert instruments. This lead to being awarded the Wigmore Hall concert tuning and maintenance contract.

As Peter’s reputation continued to grow, he was given the contract for concert tuning and maintenance at London’s South Bank Centre. After 10 years of being in charge he handed the daily responsibilities over to his colleague John Heard, although he is still responsible for overseeing all the South Bank Centre piano maintenance and concert preparation for the International Piano Series.

Prominent highlights of Peter’s career have been:

  • Supplying and tuning the concert grand by request to the first and the last night of the BBC Proms, watched by a global audience of 32million – Leif ove Andsnes – Greig Piano concerto.
  • The first solo prom recital marking the 100 years of the BBC prom concerts – Evgeny Kissin (recorded on DVD with the largest audience for a piano recital ever in the UK).
  • Alfred Brendel – complete Beethoven sonata series at the Royal Festival Hall.
  • Alfred Brendel – complete Beethoven concertos with Sir Simon Rattle and the CBSO.
  • Daniel Barenbiom – complete Beethoven concertos at the Royal Festival Hall.
  • Daniel Barenbiom – complete Beethoven sonatas at the Royal Festival Hall.
  • Evgeny Kissin at Buckingham Palace (supply piano and tune) for HM Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee.
  • Prince Charles private 50th birthday party.

Many Recording projects including:

  • Gramophone award, best concerto disc – Nikolai Demidenko- Medtner.
  • Stephen Kovacevich – complete Beethoven Sonatas (EMI).
  • Numerous recording projects with artists such as Alfred Brendel KBE (Phillips), Evgeny Kissin (Sony), Mark André Hamlin and Nikolai Demidenko (Hyperion).

Peter has worked closely in his time with the chief technical technicians of Steinway, Bösendorfer, Bechstein, Yamaha and Fazioli. He has selected concert instruments for the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Academy of Music and Rudolfino Concert Hall in Prague for the Czech Philharmonic, and has worked with almost every famous international concert pianist who has played in London over the last 30 years.

Peter has been working in the piano industry over 40 years. He has featured on BBC Radio 4, a documentary on BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service, plus the Independent, Daily Telegraph, Times, Evening Standard and Financial Times.

As of 2015, Peter is heavily involved with GPS contracts at Singapore’s Esplanade Concert Halls as well as projects across Australasia and South America.

He is regarded as one of the finest piano technicians in the world today.
  

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING

Evgeny Kissin

I have worked with Peter Salisbury for years and never cease to admire his professional qualities and to enjoy the company of this extremely pleasant gentleman.I highly recommend him to everybody who wants his (or her) grand piano taken good care of.
 
 

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