The piano technology team at The Royal Conservatory has been maintaining the pianos for performance and learning since the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning opened in 2008. The piano technology team (Team RCM) is responsible for bringing the pianos at the Conservatory to an optimum level, so each instrument functions to its fullest potential and speaks to its audience with fluidity and artistry. This is only achieved with support from faculty, students, and administrators, and with strong communication and relationships with outstanding musicians who utilize this magnificent facility.
Team RCM is headed by Don Stephenson. Don has been in the field of piano technology for over 30 years. He retired after 34 years as a Piano Technician at Western University, where he served as Senior Technical Officer and Assistant to the Dean for Keyboards and Technology as well as Tuning Instructor for Western's Piano Technology Program, the only full-time university program for training piano tuner-technicians in North America. In addition to his work within an academic setting and his years of private service, Don has a 30-year affiliation with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where he is responsible for piano and harpsichord maintenance. He has had the opportunity to tune and work closely with many of music's premier classical and jazz artists. Don can be contacted at: [email protected].