Ron started his career in Sydney Australia in 1964, serving an extensive apprenticeship with Paling’s Pianos. He is proudly ‘old school’ having been privileged to the most thorough training possible, covering all aspects of piano building and refurbishing through to concert work at the highest level. His vast knowledge encompasses uprights, player pianos, and particularly ‘Victorian’ and concert pianos.
Ron has a huge degree of experience as a concert technician spanning 40 years, holding the prestigious position of ‘resident technician’ at Sydney’s Opera House during the late 1970’s and early 80’s where he developed working relationships with many of the world’s great pianists.
His background is enhanced by parallel career paths both as a pianist and recording engineer / producer. Ron is an accomplished pianist, having studied piano performance at the New South Wales Conservatoire (now the Sydney Conservatoire) with the legendary David Andrews. During the 1980’s and 90’s Ron designed, built and managed his own recording studio, recording some of Australasia’s finest pianists, instrumentalists and singers. There is no doubt that this diverse and extensive background has contributed to Ron becoming one of the southern hemisphere’s most respected piano technicians.
Although now in retirement, GPS are privileged to have Ron on board, as an honorary consultant. He is the newest member of our team, having been ‘discovered’ by other GPS technicians during a recent visit to Australia. On stumbling across his immaculately prepared concert grands, it was immediately apparent that he was someone we had to track down and recruit. His unique background adds a new dimension to GPS, particularly with his experience and passion for older pianos, and we are privileged to have him on the team.
Ron’s book “My Life With Pianos” is a fascinating read and can be ordered through this site.