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The Team

Simon Howe

Simon is the founding partner of Cambridge Pianoforte. He started life as a piano tuner in 1975 on a moped around Cambridge.

Simon is one of life’s wonderful characters, who has worked tirelessly to promote and support music within the Cambridge Region. For many years he was on the road tuning pianos in around the Cambridge colleges and concert halls. Based in the shop now, he has a wealth of experience to help guide through the variety of decisions to be made with dealing with pianos.

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Iain Kilpatrick

Iain is a partner in Cambridge Pianoforte, and has more than 25 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 Cambridge.

These include the Cambridge Corn Exchange, 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 Murray Periaha, Mitsuku Uchida, Stephen Kovacevich, Angela Hewitt, Imogen Cooper, Martin Roscoe and many more.He has provided technical support for a number of sound recordings, including most recently, in January 2016,  support for Barry Douglas with his recording of Brahm’s complete works for solo piano.

Iain trained at Newark & Sherwood College in the 1980s (the only college in the UK currently training piano tuners), 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.

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Marcel Kunkel

Marcel is a our lead service technician and responsible for voicing, toning and regulating with our workshop. He trained at Newark & Sherwood college, as well as spending time in Hamburg at the Steinway & Sons factory on their technical course.

William Morris

William is a senior piano tuner and has been working for Cambridge Pianoforte for many years. He trained at Newark & Sherwood college in the early 1990’s and also worked fro Steinway & Sons in London as a concert tuner.

Duncan Maletka

Duncan Maletka has been servicing the music industry in Cambridge and the East Anglia area for 28 years, managing the DV247/Digital Village/MusicVillage Cambridge store for much of that time before it closed in May 2013.  He currently runs the Piano Department at Cambridge Pianoforte.

Duncan is passionate about music, and his knowledge, dedication to his customers and general outlook on life have earned him hundreds of loyal customers in the Cambridge area and beyond. As a performing musician and composer, Duncan has the capability to tie together traditional and new technology developments and is only too pleased to answer any questions which are presented.

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Tim Sparrow

Tim runs The String Room here at Pianoforte. He graduated from the Newark School of Violin Making, Restoration & Repair after a four year course in 2012 and has been with Cambridge Pianoforte as our string specialist since 2013.

Classically trained on the violin to grade 5 standard, Tim has been exclusively an English folk fiddler and mandolin player for many years and gigs regularly with his ceilidh band. He is also one of the musicians for a local Cotswold Morris Dancing team.

Tim’s usual days here are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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Cassian Bull

Cassian has been working for Cambridge Pianoforte since 1987 and has a vast wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to moving pianos.

Kai Lau

A classically trained violinist to grade 8 standard and grade 4 piano, Kai has been in various roles within his working career, twenty years plus of it in the retail sector, and was manager of a well-known comic book store in Cambridge.

Feel free to give him a call or send him an email with your music enquiries and requests; you may even wish to pop into the store and have a tea or coffee while he sources your music for you.

Feel free to give him a call or send him an email with your music enquiries and requests; you may even wish to pop into the store and have a tea or coffee while he sources your music for you.

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Jonathan Halls

Jonathan adapts to many demands within Cambridge Pianoforte. As well as supporting the company administration, he is responsible for the website and managing the social media and concert calendar.

Stephen Rowell

Stephen is an experienced and enthusiastic member of the team. He has several years experience within the Cambridge colleges in a variety of roles, before being drawn to work with Pianoforte.