The Auckland Used Piano Centre may be a new name on New Zealand’s piano scene, but the owners Glenn Easley and Anthony Shaw have been serving New Zealand for a combined 25 years as tuners and technicians. They now travel overseas to personally select first-class instruments for sale through this new business venture.
Their respective businesses, Global Piano Services and Shaw Piano Services, focus on advising, managing, tuning and servicing piano stocks in many of New Zealand’s premier venues, as well as around the globe. Their professional client list includes the Universities of Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Town Hall, The Bruce Mason Centre, and Vodafone Events Centre, among many others. As well as maintaining pianos for hundreds of domestic clients, they also manage and maintain concert pianos in major concert halls as far afield as Singapore and Brazil.
After many years of seeing local clients buy used pianos, and so often having to break the bad news that the instrument is wrought with excessive wear, has had very poor rebuild work done, or is just in need of major servicing, they decided to go overseas themselves and source genuinely first-class pianos in A1 condition.
Glenn has worked in the piano industry since 1981. He studied Piano Technology in London and subsequently trained at Steinway Hall in London under the supervision of Bob Glazebrook. He worked as a concert tuner in London gaining invaluable experience at EMI Abbey Road, The BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, many of London’s BBC studios and all of the London orchestras. He was later appointed as Steinway’s Technical Representative for the North of England, Wales and Scotland. Clients at the time included the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Leeds International Piano Competition, various BBC venues and many concert pianists’ homes.
During his 35 years as a concert technician, Glenn has prepared pianos for well over 23,000 concerts and recordings. He has worked with the vast majority of the pianists and orchestras on the international circuit and has acquired a wealth of knowledge in selecting concert instruments for orchestras, concert halls and conservatoires.
Since moving to New Zealand in 2003, Glenn has worked with all of the country’s leading pianists and has been appointed to manage and maintain the piano stocks in many leading venues.
Anthony has worked in the professional piano world as a tuner and technician all of his professional life. After starting an apprenticeship at the age of 16, he moved to Manchester in the UK, gaining valuable experience servicing and rebuilding literally thousands of Yamaha and Kawai domestic pianos.
Anthony gradually progressed to working in the concert and recording fields not only for prestigious solo piano performances, but also chamber music, and with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé.
In 2003, Anthony was appointed to the position of Senior Technician for one of the world’s leading music conservatoires, the Royal Northern College of Music. Since moving to New Zealand in 2007, he has been working with leading institutions as well as serving over 500 domestic clients.
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