Iain Kilpatrick tuning at Potton Hall for a recording by Peter Donohoe & Chandos Records
Keeping a piano in good tune is a fundamental ingredient of getting the best from the instrument. Poor tuning will spoil the finest piano by inhibiting resonance and clarity. Our piano tuners are of the highest calibre and have been formally and professionally trained
Meet The Team
Iain is a partner in Cambridge Pianoforte, and has more than 30 years’ experience of tuning and technical work. He has been responsible for the preparation and tuning of the instruments in all the main concert venues in the Cambridge area.
These include the Cambridge Corn Exchange, Saffron Hall, West Road Concert Hall in the University of Cambridge, the Cambridge Arts Theatre, and the majority of the colleges of the University of Cambridge including King’s, Trinity and St John’s.
He has tuned for many international artists, including Jamie Cullum, Jools Holland, Van Morrison, Murray Periaha, Mitsuku Uchida, Stephen Kovacevich, Angela Hewitt, Imogen Cooper, Martin Roscoe and many more. He has also provided technical support for a number of sound recordings, including most recently for Barry Douglas and singers Iestyn Davis & Roderick Williams.
Iain trained at Newark & Sherwood College in the 1980s, where he was also the external examiner from 2000-2010. He is a former winner of the Blüthner Tuning Cup and was the David Mark’s Tuning Cup winner in 1991 (a national tuning competition for piano tuners). Iain is a member of the Pianoforte Tuners’ Association.
Marcel is our lead piano technician. He originally trained at Newark & Sherwood college, but later also received training at the Steinway & Sons factory in Hamburg.
Marcel is one of those rare people who live and breathe music, in every aspect. Besides being a piano technician he is also a trained musician and audio engineer.
As a sound engineer, Marcel has worked with people from all kinds of genres, from the Academy of Ancient Music to Boney M. His own rock band has won several awards and continue to gig whenever they can.
With his extensive knowledge, Marcel truly understands every aspect of the piano and can act as a link between musician and instrument. His clients have included Imogen Cooper, Thom Yorke (Radiohead), John Cage, Benjamin Grosvenor, Rick Wakeman, Piere Laurent Aimard, Barry Douglas and many more.
Laurence joined the company in 2017 having completed his training as a tuner and technician at the Piano Technology School. His love for the instrument has thrown him head-first into the world of piano tuning, and he is delighted to be a member of Cambridge Pianoforte's organisation.
Laurence's musical career is long: from a Chorister at St. John’s, Cambridge, to a pianist at King’s College, London. His talent as a musician and pianist has won him several scholarships and awards, and taken him on tour all over the world. He has performed in a wide variety of venues and for varied occasions, including for the birthdays of Princes and even an Emperor.
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10-12 Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2PA