Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Meet Duncan Peterson

We are delighted to introduce you to Duncan Peterson.  Duncan is an experienced piano technician, as well as a seasoned performer. He will be teaching one of our parent classes, "All About Pianos."  It will be great opportunity to ask those piano questions you've always wondered about. If you're lucky he may play for you, as well.

Duncan Peterson has owned and operated Stay In Tune, LLC since March of 2003.  In June 2007 he achieved the credential of Registered Piano Technician (RPT), the most widely recognized professional piano tuning accreditation in the country.

As an independent contract technician for BYU he is in charge of the tuning and maintenance of 270 pianos on campus, as well pianos at Salt Lake Community College, the Murray School District, and in-home pianos across the Wasatch Front.   Duncan has tuned for  some top musicians in Utah including Jon Schmidt, Paul Cardall, Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy, and more.

He was inspired by his great grandfather to begin playing the trumpet at age 10 and piano at age 11. He played in Concert, Jazz, Marching, and Pit Band.  Starring on the trumpet as Gabriel in the dramatic production “Anything Goes” Duncan earned various awards throughout Junior High and High school including the Louis Armstrong Jazz award.
He attended Brigham Young University beginning in 1998 where he studied Organ Performance for 3 years, and graduated with his BA in Music in 2002. During that time he also played the Carillon Bells on BYU Campus.
Duncan believes that there is nothing quite like playing on a finely tuned piano…it somehow adds to the feeling of musicality and uplifting nature within a home, church, school or concert venue.

He is married to his wife, Gina, and they are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Chloe (5) and Charlotte (3).
You can contact Duncan at 801-808-7760 and you can click here to see his website. 

Read on.  There's more fun stuff ahead.

Musical Background:
I've played the piano for over 25 years.  My piano playing career started at the young age of 11.  Thanks, Mom, for encouraging me to practice and enduring my many hours of listening to the same stuff over and over!

After serving a 2-year mission for the LDS church in Madrid, Spain I received a Music Degree from Brigham Young University where I studied the organ and carillon under Don Cook.

I had the great opportunity to work for 2 ½ years at M.L. Bigelow & Co. Organ Builders  working on nearly every aspect on building pipe organs from intricate action building to wood carving.  It was there that I began to develop the agility and dexterity to work with hand tools, which skill would prove necessary in my piano work. 

Here are some of the organs that Duncan has done restoration work on: 

My First Organ: Opus 27 
I did the carvings and much of the gold leaf.

My Last Organ  Opus 30 
I did the carvings and assisted in
building the action, pipes, case and more.