The Piano Tuner’s Association held their annual conference this week in Hereford.
The conference is where the piano industry gathers to learn new skills and hone their trade. Since 1913 the PTA has hosted the convention each year in a different town across the UK to maintain high standards in piano tuning and maintenance.
A number of pianos were transported to the event, including a handcrafted Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano for Friday night’s concert by pianist Jenna Sung, who played Scarlatti, Haydn, Scriabin, Schumann & Shostakovich. The London-based South Korean pianist has been described by Gramophone magazine as “the talent of tomorrow – today”. In 2014 she won the Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition.
Specialist piano-industry traders, such as Fletcher and Newman, who have been supplying piano parts to tuners and technicians since 1876, also attended the conference.
Anne Burton was elected as the new President of the Piano Tuner’s Association at the convention.
Next year’s PTA Convention will be held at the Barnstaple Hotel in Devon from 11th to the 14th May 2016