Welcome to my Blog spot where I’ll post some of the work I’m doing and what I’ve been involved with. It could be Henry Wood Hall where we have made countless recordings or photos of pianos in colleges or my workshop, and occasionlly subject to approval, artists pianos in their homes.
In the last year Ive taken the service contract at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, below are a few photos of some of the work I’ve had to do.
This Steinways hammer felts were worn almost through to the moulding and has now had a new set of Steinway original heads and shanks. I always insist on original parts for Steinway pianos.
This set of ivories was for a 1900 Steinway B which I restored in 2017 for a professional pianist/teacher, a lovely piano and amazing to think a piano of that age was still good for a pro musician.
Now back in the workshop and soon ready, this stunningly beautiful Steinway B, more photos on the sales page.
It’s always very satisfying to get emails like this below;
I have listened to just a little of the Chopin while it is being edited. The piano sound is superb!
I cannot give you a full report, but take one example. I listened, with earphones, to the opening bar of the Barcarolle – by far the most wonderful sound I have ever heard on a piano.
Steinway B now finished at the polishers. Now I can do my bit with the technical and soundwork. I will also be starting a lovely Steinway A very soon, arriving at my worshop on 28/06/17.
Another Recording done in May this time with four hands duo Worbey and Farrell recording their versions of Rhapsody in Blue and Bohemian Rhapsody.
A rather nice thing I picked up in December, an old rise and fall chair, only the second one of this age and quality I think I’ve ever seen.
This Steinway O is now taking shape, for a private client, a beaautiful rosewood piano from around 1908.
Recording Scriabin on our 1935 Steinway D with James Kreiling a very fine pianist. His second disc of late Scriabin piano music.
With Mark Knoop and friends recording the music of Morton Feldman, very atmospheric!
A busy start to the year recording solo piano with Hai Kyung-Suh, a previous winner of the Busoni competition, playing Rachmaninof, Listz, Scriabin and Mozart.
Noriko Ogawa rehearsing for her Barbican concert on 30/12/16.
My next sale project, this beautiful Steinway B No 220272 in fiddleback mahogany
My most recent rebuild for Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich. This Steinway A is now back in situ and is I’m told being enjoyed by the musicians. It is a beauty.
Released on the 18/10/16, a beautiful recording made at Heny Wood Hall on one of my pianos by Latvian pianist and Steinway artist Olga Jegunova.
Now back in with the stringing prep now almost done so is ready to be restrung.
I had to remove the plate from this Steinway to drill the wrest pin holes, very easily done with a hoist.
Above is my latest advert in International Piano, an old ad still relevant but updated a little
My latest rebuild, a 1984 Steinway A for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich, South London. This piano is having a full internal restoration, comprising regilded plate, new agraffes, new Hamburg action and damper felts, restringing, regulated, weighted and voiced to Steinway spec.
Just finished some annual summer servicing for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and below a few pics of a 15 year old Steinway As I did some stringing on, before at the top then during and finished below.
So pleased for Worbey and Farrell who got a five star review in The Scotsman for their Edinburgh Festival show and of course I like the bit about the magnificant Steinway too.
In the meantime I’ve been doing some annual servicing for Trinity Laban on their fleet of Steinway grands in this magnificent building part of the Old Royal Naval College.
A Steinway As showing finger grease which all college pianos will have when in need of servicing
A lovely Steinway B from 1989 an important piano this
Above seen at their tech day just prior to the start of the festival and below the stage is set
Had a great week last up at the Edinburgh Festival week with Worbey and Farrell playing one of my Steinway Ds. A great show by two fine musicians. They recently recorded a CD/DVD with me at Henry Wood Hall available from them direct. www.worbeyandfarrell.com
So pleasing to receive these two complimentary emails yesterday.
Payment completed by bank transfer this morning. Many thanks for returning my Steinway to playability. The transformation is fantastic and I most grateful to you for your professional expertise
With best wishes
Dear Iain Gordon
Some time ago you were good enough to come and voice and tune my Steinway, which I was very satisfied with. So satisfied, in fact, that I have not needed to have anything done to it since, and it has remained largely in tune. Now however, it does need some attention once more, and I would be very grateful if you come again to perform the same service – ie to soften one or two notes which have started to sound harsh again, and to tune it. If you are able to do this, let me know when you would find it convenient to come. I have no plans to leave London at the moment except for the occasional trip to the country for a day or two, and I can fit in easily with your schedule. I have been intending to ask you to come again for several months, so (obviously!) it’s not an urgent matter for me. Nonetheless, I hope to see you before long.
My warm regards
Two tunings I did last week for a choir, the far Steinway A was resident and at 1895 the oldest modern A grand I’ve ever seen and was really quite beautiful though in need of attention.
Very talented youngsters recording at Henry Wood Hall this weekend. Esther Yoo, violin, Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello, and Zee Zee at the Steinway. Beautiful playing from all of them in Brahms and Dvorak trios, a very enjoyable session.
Below is the main text of an email I recieved a while back. Very pleasing.
Dear Mr Gordon,
Yesterday, my wife, Xxxxx Xxxxxxxxx, tried out piano 501630 in the Henry Wood Hall, with a view to recording some Beethoven sonatas in 2015. She was immensely impressed with the way the piano had been prepared – better than any piano she had ever played in a long career.
We hope that we may meet you in 2015 before and during the recording sessions, but that is not why I write.
In our flat we have a Steinway model S, number 408674. It has been tropicalised, and has many virtues; but also many limitations.
What we would seek in the first instance is your advice (for which, of course we would be happy to pay any reasonable fee). The initial question would be, whether, and to what extent, you could improve the piano….
Another restored Steinway ready to leave the workshop yesterday
Nadav Herzka recording on my Steinway D at Henry Wood Hall last week. Sadly the second day had to be postponed due to the pianist being unwell.
Steinway artist Martin Jones trying his C grand after its service in June 2016
Steinway artists Worbey & Farrell at the Steinway D which we are sending to Edinbrugh for their festival show this year.
Last weekend Sasha Puttnam was doing some recording of Film Music and on Thursday Murray Perahia was rehearsing with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields all at Henry Wood Hall.
Sacha Puttnam recording
This is a beautiful Steinway O which I now have for sale. A truly beautiful 1915 New York built piano which looks and sounds wonderful. It has a new Steinway Hamburg action new damper felts, restrung, regulated tuned and voiced to steinway spec. Absolutely a musicians instrument.