Hugo – Piano repairing

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THE SURVIVING QUESTIONS

1. IN ONE SENTENCE, HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE WHAT YOU DO?

The search of beauty, where the honesty of the instrument can be found.

2. WHAT DID YOU LEARN THANKS TO YOUR HANDS?

I learned to hear the shape of the sound before it sounds, to see the movement of the action before it moves, to feel the piano before it’s played. My hands taught me to connect to each part of this inspiring instrument.

 3. IF YOU HAD TO SUGGEST A TEENAGER TO FOLLOW YOUR PATH, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

The piano is one of most complex instruments man made and it’s still changing and improving. For someone that appreciates the music that this instrument draws from ones hands, and has the patience to respect the needs of each component then it’s all you need to become a good piano technician. If you like fixing the world, you can do it, piano by piano.

THE SURVIVING STORY

It all happened very casually. Going around different paths i once came across the possibility to have my neighbour’s piano in my room. I immediately felt the urge to know, understand and help the poor piano. So i started disassembling and tried to fix it only to soon accept that i was very limited in how much help could i be not knowing exactly what i was doing. So i searched someone with experience and started from the beginning. I realised then that some of my natural interests where united in the piano world. My love for music, sound, wood, mathematics, curing/fixing, tools and most importantly, connecting with people, each with his own world. After 11 years i fulfil most of my interests directly or indirectly in my day life through this metier. This instrument contains 300 years of quest to reach the most perfect possible instrument so that art, as a human urge, can fully transcend the intimacy of our souls and reach other’s.

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