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Steve headshot

About me

A lifelong fascination with the piano....


I have been playing the piano from the age of 6, studied music at Edinburgh University and worked as a freelance pianist and musical director.

I have worked as a piano technician for over 30 years; but I still play every day, and give concerts around Sussex and Surrey with my groups the Kelleth Piano Trio and the Brighton Chamber Ensemble.

I completed my music degree at Edinburgh University in the late 1970s and then spent ten years working as a freelance pianist/musical director.

Three years in the piano department of the London College of Furniture (a wonderful institution, now sadly gone) under the tutelage of Malcolm McKeand led to City and Guilds and HND qualifications in piano tuning and technology.


While still at college, I was offered a job with Bosendorfer, the legendary Viennese piano makers. A period of advanced training at the Bosendorfer factory in Vienna was followed by several years working as Concert Technician for Bosendorfer in the UK.

Apart from concert preparation and tuning, the job also entailed extensive servicing and rebuilding work.

Young Steve working on a piano
Steve with his wife

In 1998 I established my own business, based in Brighton, where my wife runs a ballet school, the Carroll Turner School of Dance.

In addition to my private customers, I carry out tunings and service work for many of the main piano houses including Jaques Samuels, Steinway, Chappells of Bond Street, Bluthner, Yamaha, Chris Venables  and Chamberlain Music.

In recent years I have returned to my original passion - playing.

My groups the Kelleth Piano Trio and the Brighton Chamber Ensemble  mix mainstream repertoire with the rediscovery of neglected music and the performance of music by contemporary composers, including first performances and recording. 

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