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  • Arlan will be teaching again in the Piano Technicians Guild Marc Convention in April 2020, located in Beautiful Wilmington Delaware/Brandywine Valley, PA. An all-day voicing class with the respected Steve Brady, author of several important books in our field, as well as two individual classes devoted to piano technology. The Piano Technician’s Guild website is: www.ptg.org

  • A few years ago, I was asked to write a few reviews regarding Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, and Fazioli pianos for the excellent online magazine and publication “The Piano Buyer.” Below is the link and includes interesting reviews by other respected colleagues worth reading. The Piano Buyer stays up to date with news, features, and current prices of all or almost all manufactured pianos. Book version may be ordered as well as the original hit book- The Piano Buyer, by Larry Fine.

  • Gifted jazz pianist Fred Hersch, Steinway Artist recently came out with a 6 CD box set showcasing his creative genius over the past 10 years. Highly recommended for piano Jazz lovers. I was pleased to work for Fred on his “Floating“ album, on which he recorded at Oktaven Audio in New York recorded on the Hamburg concert grand Octaven purchased from our collection.

  • Sandro Russo is one of our favorite pianists, who graced our soiree’ series on several occasions. Check out his new Chopin CD recently released on the Steinway & Sons label. Sandro is a Steinway Artist. Sandro is making a lot of waves in the classical field.

  • Steinway Artist and versatile (and gifted) pianist, Simon Mulligan, will be giving a free solo recital at New York’s Steinway Hall on Wednesday, August 7th at 6.30 pm - There will be a reception following the concert. His program will include music by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Bernstein, and a couple of his own compositions! Steinway Hall is at 1133, 6th Avenue, (across from Bryant Park), NY, NY 10036. Simon is a winner!

  • Drummer, educator, producer, painter, and creative genius Billy Martin (from the famed Martin, Medeski & Wood group, and one of my favorite drummers) is now the Executive Director of the legendary Creative Music Studio. The well respected Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso are co-founders of this organization and are responsible for sparking a revolution of creative improvisational music with their Creative Music Studio in 1971. Billy has been involved with the organization both as a performer and educator for many years and has been asked to lead the organization and continue its valuable mission. For more information, go to their website below. It is a fantastic organization to support and to be involved with.

    Some of the performers who have been involved with CMS include: Lee Konitz, Don Cherry, John Cage, Cecil Taylor, Dave Holland, Carla Bley, Baba Olatunji, Roscoe Mitchell, Pat Metheny, George Lewis, Nana Vasconcelos, John Medeski, Henry Threadgill, Joe Lovano, Badal Roy, and many others. They have been affecting musicians of all ages. They offer Immersive Workshops, Online Masterclasses, Creative Music Podcast, CMS Archives, and Record Label, a Performance Series, and New Educational Initiatives, which bring a new curriculum to schools in New York City to empower a younger generation of new musicians. For more information or to support the Creative Music Studio through a tax-deductable contribution go to:
    email: mail@creativemusic.org

  • April 22 and 23rd was a busy weekend at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. A weekend of great jazz and enthusiastic audiences who packed the theater. The Fazioli 278 from Klavierhaus was a big hit with Pianist Rachel Z (whose husband, Omar Hakim was holding down the drum chair and played beautifully). Other band members were Steve Wilson, Joe Lavano, bassist Christian McBride, etc.
    The next evening was graced with Herbie Hancock, and Wayne shorter, accompanied by the always wonderful duo team of Brian Blade on Drums and John Patitucci on acoustic bass. An absolutely stunning band opened for the evening with a Canadian Singer… more to come later… funny to think this piano held the audience spellbound for Angela Hewitt at the Y a few weeks before and was awesome for this awesome jazz event. Very flexible piano. The Piano was voiced and prepared for each venue room. The piano was miked by Wayne's touring engineer, who was excellent. Herbie is always such a gentleman, and Wayne received the key to the city of Newark, his home town! The backstage presentation should be up on Facebook.

  • International Concert Pianist Angela Hewitt performed again in the theater in New York City's 92 St. Y concert series. An all-Bach program entitled "Bach Odyssey" was breathtaking. Angela is always a consummate performer who has garnished world attention with her piano artistry. The Fazioli piano was perfect for the hall, and Arlan tuned to his preferred "Bach tuning," which seems to make the piano sound at times like a harpsichord. Pick up her new Bach recording. It's fabulous. www.angelahewitt.com

  • The Scott Reeves big band CD recorded one year ago "The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra-Portraits and Places." I had the pleasure of tuning and preparing the piano for this session. A fantastic big band recorded by Paul Special and mixed by the talented Brian Montgomery, released by Origin Records. Check it out at www.creativejazz.com or purchase online.

    Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch just finished another run at the Village Vanguard. A live recording will come out of this gig soon. Keep your ears to the ground on this one! He is nominated for grammy's again this year!

    Arlan's interview with Carnegie Hall Recording Studio Engineer/Producer, Leszek Wojcik, will be published in the upcoming Journal of Master Piano Technicians of America.

    Our condolences to the Wilcox family for the recent passing of internationally known Producer extraordinaire and friend, Max Wilcox. May he rest in peace. His last recording was "The Beethoven Project," which Arlan had the pleasure of preparing the piano and assisting in standby. An unknown, recently found Beethoven Sonata is performed for the first time By George LePauw's "Beethoven Trio" recorded in New York. Cd is available online or go to www.thebeethovenproject.com.

  • A H Piano Atelier: 4 Artist Art Show in our Atelier. The show is on December 11th. Four of Westchester's outstanding artists selling and showing their fabulous artwork. Stained glass, paintings. Music and fun.

    The Gallery will be available to view and purchase art through Christmas. Call or Email for more Details.

  • Metropolitan Opera’s assistant conductor, Maestro Jeffrey Goldberg, performed a wonderful Soiree’ at the A H Piano Atelier May 29th, 2016. Beethoven Sonata and Chopin Ballades were performed, and then he simply wowed the audience. A fine pianist and musical scholar, Mr. Goldberg spoke about each composer and their works.

  • Arlan was honored to teach two classes in April 2016 in the annual NEECSO Piano Technician’s Guild Convention. Classes were well attended, and the art of voicing and concert preparation of pianos was discussed and demonstrated. Technicians and top instructors joined from around the world at this prestigious event located in New Hampshire this year.

  • Jazz pianist Fred Hersch and the trio just concluded recording new tracks for their cd in Oktaven Audio using Arlan’s specially prepared Hamburg Concert Grand. James Farber- Producer. It has been on Billboard’s top 10 for some weeks now and nominated for two Grammy’s, best jazz solo, and best jazz instrumental album 2015. CD: Floating May be purchased on I-tunes or Amazon.com. It’s a winner. Check out the interview on wnyc radio- search “Fred Hersch.

    Fred Hersch’s Beautiful Steinway B piano is for sale and can be played by appointment only at the AH Piano Atelier in Dobbs Ferry- By Appointment Only.

  • For classical audio production and cd consultation with the world-famous Max Wilcox, 17 Grammy Winner Producer, contact Arlan Harris @ 212-388-2707.

  • In addition to preparing and tuning the piano for many recordings this year, especially at the Oktaven Audio studios, Three new releases came out this year under the production of Arlan Harris Productions. More to come for the rest of the year!

  • New CD Out! The very talented Steinway artist, Max Barros, has a wonderful CD out. Produced by Arlan Harris and Max Barros, with help from Recording wizard Ryan Streber, the project was a success! Max recorded on Arlan’s Hamburg Steinway Concert Grand, which is located at the wonderful Oktaven Audio Studios in Yonkers, NY. Ryan Streber co-produced and engineered the sessions. The great Brazillian composer, Cesar Camargo Guarnieri (Brazil, 1907-1993), was recorded and is available on I-Tunes, CD Baby, and local record outlets. Mr. Barros is an exquisite and sensitive pianist whose in-depth study and analysis of Guarnieri bring out the best of the composer’s music. Wonderful reviews and radio play is being received after only a few weeks on the market. Available at http://www.naxos.com/

  • Recently released is concert pianist Franklin Larey’s new CD,” Franklin Larey Plays Scarlatti, Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Debussy. Produced by Arlan Harris Productions. As the first release was Brahm’s, which has received many accolades and radio play, his second release includes the classics with a lighter feel. Mr. Larey combines passion, sensitivity, and technique to provide a thrilling and deep interpretation of these classic composers! Mr. Larey is recognized as one of South Africa’s leading concert pianists, highly recommended. Fresh off the press! Be sure to pick up Franklin Larey’s previous release of Brahms Op. 10, 117,118. Available on CDBaby, Amazon.com, Itunes.

  • Recently Released! World-Class Concert Pianist Sandro Russo has two wonderful cd’s available. Both recording projects are groundbreaking, and I am proud to have prepared my piano for both recordings. The recordings were made at Oktaven Audio with the very talented Ryan Streber at the helm. The first project is “Soul of Russia-Rarities of the Russian Piano Literature.” J. Isserlis, N. Medtner, S. Taneyev, S. Rachmaninoff, V. Leyetchkiss, M. Balakirev, Rakov-Ginzburg, Rozycki-Ginzburg. Recorded in 2013, this cd is not to be missed. The second CD is “Scarlatti Recreated: Transcriptions and Hommages. Both recordings are very interesting and masterfully performed and recorded. For more information: www.sandrorussopianist.com

  • Concert Pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas recorded his recent CD at Oktaven on the Hamburg Piano prepared and tuned by Arlan Harris MPT,rpt. It is a wonderful CD, and he is a great pianist. This project was wonderful. Expressive, explosive, and sensitive. Horcasitas lives and works in New York and concertizes around the world. Included are Villa-Lobos, Ponce, Zyman, Schubert, Moncayo, Piazzolla, Bach, and Castro. Available online or at www.jphorcasitas.com

  • Concert Pianist Tanya Bannister recorded her new CD “Intimate Piano Concertos” as part of the Concert Artist Guild collection on our Hamburg Steinway D at Oktaven Audio. This project is with a string trio doing works by Mozart, Chopin, Schubert. She did an outstanding job, and the piano quartet is first class. I was very happy with the way this CD turned out. It can be purchased online or your favorite cd outlet.

  • Check out the wonderful CD recording of Concert pianist and educator Dr. Mathew Manwarren’s “Youthful Passion and Fantasy!” It was a pleasure producing this CD and preparing the piano for this thought-provoking pianist who performs Robert Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17 and Johannes Brahms Sonata No. 3 in f minor, Op. 5. Available with all major music retailers or Americus records.

  • February 2, 2013: International concert pianist Tienni Chen performed on one of the Arlan Harris Pianos as a soloist and with a choir, at the annual Organization of Chinese Americans New Year”s party in Stamford, Ct. She performed with the Fairfield County Chorus, and AH Piano Salon was a proud sponsor!

  • PTG Convention April 2013: Arlan had instructed again in the Piano Technicians Guild’s Mid Atlantic Regional Convention This April. Arlan was asked to share the podium with the very talented Scott Jones, who has developed several patents for Steinway & Sons during his tenure in the Steinway R & D Department. Scott still consults with Steinway while presiding over his own company: Pitchlock Inc. Scott offers cutting edge products he has developed, which are quite cost-effective and innovative for pianists and technicians. For more information, go to: www.pitchlock.com. We always have a good time and learn from one another in these events.

  • The very talented International concert pianist, Yael Weiss, was over the other day to break in some pianos in the salon. Her trio recording (which Arlan was piano technician) has reached #11 on Billboard for quite a few weeks. The trio performed at the AH Piano Salon a few months ago to a sold-out audience. Rumor has it a new recording is in the works. Their latest gig was in Kennedy Center, January 18th, which was sold out. New York Times hails this trio as “Three strong voices locked in sequence.” Not to be missed!

  • PTG Chapter Technical- Long Island, NY Arlan provided a technical in January for the Long Island Piano Technician’s Guild chapter. It was a meaningful reunion as so many technicians, and their clients have gone through so much after the terrible storm “Sandy.” New techniques and approaches to our work were demonstrated and discussed.

  • Oktaven Audio, which Arlan is partnered with, has been swamped with recordings! Producers and Engineers from around the country (and some across the ocean) have found a unique recording facility to bring their projects. Find out more and listen to samples at: www.oktavenaudio.com. If interested in booking a session, contact Arlan arlan@arlanharris.com or Ryan ryan@oktavenaudio.com

  • The annual Master Piano Technician’s convention, last year located in beautiful Salt Lake City, was excellent. Arlan was asked to teach again and offered two courses and a workshop. In addition, top instructors such as Rick Baldassin, Jim Busby, Randy Potter, Carl Teel, Joe Benvenuto, and others offered extremely valuable instruction. Technical classes sponsored by Renner USA, Extremely inventive new tools and techniques class by Jim Busby, who generously offered jigs and handmade tools to all attendees. Randy Potter offered his expertise as a veteran educator and technician, expounding on the current status of our profession and exploring angles and options our business offers. Important contributions were offered by attendees as well, as in the “Show and Tell” session, where many fellow technicians demonstrated new tools, designs, and innovations.

  • The MPT is an unusual organization, as a family atmosphere and warmth prevails and is the background and root of the organization since it’s inception. Doctorate degrees in Piano Technology were given to Mr. Randy Potter and Mr. Rick Baldassin in a moving ceremony.

  • Our banquet was first-rate with excellent food, jazz trio, and good conversation. Many thanks to the efforts of the board: Jack and Cindy Hamilton, Vince Mrykalo, John Backels, Joe Benvenuto, and Don Komorski! We had a great time, and all walked away renewed with information and new skills, and friendship.

  • The new website of the Certified Master Piano Technicians is up! For concert rentals, purchases of pianos by Master Piano Technicians, recording live or in-studio, we can assist! go to: www.certifiedmasterpianotechnicians.com

  • Pianist/composer Rebecca Oswald’s recording “Whereas” 2011, performed and recorded on our modified Hamburg Steinway Concert Grand D in Oktaven Audio under the wonderful engineering of Ryan Streber is getting a lot of radio play and great reviews. You can listen on Pandora! Check out www.rebeccaoswald.com. I love the piano sound, and she really pulls out some nice colors and textures! She has music available online as well as sheet music,etc…CDBaby,ITunes,Amazon.com, etc.

  • April 15,2012 4pm.
    YAEL WEISS- International concert and recording artist performing Beethoven sonata Op. 54, Schumann Kreisleriana, Higdon Secret and Glass Gardens, Beethoven Sonata #23 in F minor, Op. 57. CD signing of the acclaimed 2011 Fall release of Brahms and Smetana Trios! Limited seating.

  • New Book!
    My good friend and respected colleague, Daniel Levitan, has published an excellent book titled, “The Craft of Piano Tuning.” It provides detailed and insightful knowledge of our art and craft. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the technical and theoretical side of piano tuning. Available in stores and Amazon.com


  • The Montreal Symphony Orchestra featuring Angela Hewitt and the magnificent Fazioli concert grand was a huge success last month in Carnegie Hall. It was good to see Angela again, and the program was one of the most innovative programs I have seen in some time. The orchestra was marvelous, and I had to stay "till the end" - at least until after intermission!

  • Eve Wolf's "Ensemble for the romantic century" had a wonderful performance last month in the symphony space last month. Rumor has it she is in contract with some very famous actors for a production oversees.

  • The Utah full-day seminar sponsored by the Piano Technicians Guild was a huge success! Approximately 30 of the area’s technicians attended and learned more about Voicing, Regulation, and of course, Tuning. The location was Brigham Young Univerisity, in Provo, Utah. What a beautiful campus, and the installations and design is impressive. The hospitality of the organizers is unsurpassed. New friends were made, and many wonderful new friends were made. The majestic mountains are not to be missed! A concert Steinway model D, as well as a Kawai Vertical piano, was provided for demonstration as well as the PowerPoint presentation, which was utilized as well. New Techniques, innovative approaches, Holistic methods to our work, and new tools and materials made this seminar valuable to all who attended.

  • Once again, reviews by Arlan have been published in the world’s finest source for potential purchasers of pianos, the piano buyer. Evaluations of Steinway, Fazioli, and Mason and Hamlin are reviewed in the “ask an expert” series in this extensive free online magazine. A quality paperback version is available for purchase as well. A great resource for up-to-date information. www.pianobuyer.com

  • I was one of 5 guest educators for the Master Piano Technicians Guild Annual Convention. This time it was in lovely Vermont, one of the nicest places to be in the summer. This is for a select group of experienced technicians. We shared our knowledge and innovations, and Jack Hamilton was giving away a new key easing tool he developed. We all had a wonderful time, and I look forward to our next convention! For more information go to: www.mpt.org

  • The Carnegie Hall, Zenkel Hall's performance of Jeromy Denk, was ground shattering! On February 16th, 2011, Mr. Denk performed on a Klavierhaus Hamburg D that was customized, performing works that at some times, with the eyes closed, seemed as if there were 4 hands playing instead of two. Jaw-dropping! The solo recital was sold out long ago. Do not miss seeing Jeromy Denk perform when he comes to your area! Note: Last year’s recital in Zenkel with Mr. Denk was written up in the New Yorker Magazine as #2 of the 10 best classical music events of 2010. A Metropolitan Opera performance occupied the number 1 slot! Not bad for a solo piano recital! I had attended to Mr. Denk on that recital as well, which was simply astonishing. Sold out, of course — a truly world-class pianist.

  • I enjoyed giving a class in September 2010 in Steinway Hall for our New York City PTG Chapter 101. As always, it was a “star-filled” event, bringing out the best and brightest technicians in our fair city. Being in Steinway Hall always brings back fond memories of my time working there in the basement. As always, the atmosphere is one of elegance and grace.

  • My good friend and world-renown cellist, Christine Walevska, has returned from a month-long tour of Japan. All performances were sold out, a 5 cd box set is available of some of her past recordings, and she was written about in virtually all the major newspapers during her stay there. Bravo! She recently returned from a tour in Switzerland. One of the greatest cellists I have heard. www.christinewalevska.com

    Before 2011

  • Arlan was asked to lecture in the 2009 Piano Technicians Guild Convention International Convention in Michigan. I gave 2 days of classes speaking on: “The Modern Concert Piano Technician.” The classes were well received, and new techniques, concepts, and ideas were shared for colleagues to incorporate into their work.

  • Arlan's class in the NEECSO Piano Technician Guild Convention in Rhode Island, April 29th to May 2nd, 2010, was well attended. There were instructors from across the United States and Canada. It was a wonderful convention, well organized by Melanie Brooks of Brooks LTD.

  • Arlan was asked to work on the Sala Sao Paulo Theater’s 3 Hamburg Steinway pianos in February 2010. Working for Steinway in Brazil, Arlan was able to return to this venue and was able to see my good friend and colleague, Jose Luis de Silva, who is the local technician caring for the instruments in the hall. I enjoyed my time with Sergio and Audrey de Simone- owners of Gluck Pianos, the Steinway Dealer in Brazil. As usual, Sergio was a wonderful host, and attention to every detail was the norm. Thank you, Sergio and Audrey!

  • Arlan was able to arrange for training for 3 of Brazil’s top technicians who work on Steinway pianos and are affiliated with Steinway & Sons. In addition, I worked on the Concert and Artist rental piano, bringing it to top performance standards. A good time was had by all, and in typical Brazilian fashion, I was taken to the central market to experiment with exotic fruits and foods rarely seen in the United States.

    The 2011 Master Piano Technicians of America Convention was a huge success. Many technicians arrived from all over the United States. We were able to enjoy beautiful Vermont and had time to share with each other and our spouses as well as the daily classes and learning activities. In addition to teaching a full-day Masterclass on Concert Piano Technical Work, I was able to attend many other classes that proved very interesting and valuable. I would highly recommend any serious technician to try to join this organization of serious professionals and continue to upgrade and hone their skills. Classes in refinishing techniques, regulation, Mason & Hamlin action parts, Randy Potter, Bruce Clark, etc…. All was interesting and professional. I enjoyed the class on internet business techniques taught by Eric Roberts, the webmaster of the MPT. We executed and full of ideas. It was nice to see the mix of seasoned old-timers with the new people.

  • New pictures are included in the gallery portion of this website!

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