Staff & Contributors


Larry Fine, Publisher, Editor, and Advertising Director, is author of The Piano Book. A Registered Piano Technician, Fine has been involved in the piano industry for 40 years.

Dr. Owen Lovell, Piano Review Editor, is Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia College.

Steve Cohen, Contributing Editor and Piano Industry Consultant, is owner of Jason's Music Center, in Pasadena, Maryland.

Julie Gallagher, Harry St. Ours, design and production

Del Fandrich, Sally Phillips, acoustic piano technical consultants

Alden Skinner, Stephen Fortnerdigital piano technical consultants

Richard Lehnert, copyeditor


Other contributors to the current issue:

Ori Bukai is owner of Allegro Pianos in Stamford, CT.  Visit his website at www.allegropianos.

Brian Chung is Senior Vice President of Kawai America Corporation and a leading proponent of the benefits of making music. He is also a pianist, and co-author of Improvisation at the Piano: A Systematic Approach for the Classically Trained Pianist. Visit his website at

Steve Cohen is a third-generation piano dealer, and has been a consultant to the piano industry for over 40 years. His clients have included Bechstein, Samick, Yamaha, and Young Chang, among others. He is also Piano Buyer’s Contributing Editor and Piano Industry Consultant, and lead appraiser for its Seller Advisory Service. He can be reached at [email protected].

Stephen Fortner has been a keyboardist since early childhood and has played professionally since age 14. He was technical editor of Keyboard magazine from 2006 to 2009, its editor in chief from 2009 through 2015, and remains a regular contributor. He has since founded Fortner Media, a content and strategy firm serving the musical instrument and consumer technology industries.

George Litterst ( is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music-software developer. He is the coauthor of several musical applications, including Home Concert XtremeClassroom Maestro, and Internet MIDI, all from TimeWarp Technologies.

Sally Phillips has worked in virtually every aspect of the piano industry over the past 35 years: service, retail, wholesale, and manufacturing in her role as a piano technician. Phillips lives in Georgia and works throughout the southeastern U.S. She can be contacted at [email protected].

Alden Skinner has been involved in both the manufacturing and retail sides of the piano business for over 20 years. He currently holds a product management position in the telecommunications field.

Chris Solliday, RPT, has been a piano technician for 35 years. His piano-service business is based in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia and New York City. His private clientele includes concert artists Keith Jarrett, Fred Hersch, Eugene Albulescu, and many other professional musicians. In addition to offering regular, full piano service, Solliday specializes in custom touch designs. He can be reached at

Christopher Storch, RPT, is an acoustician with experience in the areas of architectural acoustics, noise and vibration control, and environmental noise abatement. He can be reached at [email protected].

Hugh Sung is a pianist, author, techie, and entrepreneur. He cofounded AirTurn, which makes digital accessories for musicians; serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music; teaches hundreds of students around the world through his online piano school at ArtistWorks; and hosts A Musical Life, a weekly podcast in which he shares stories about making music and the things that move our souls. He can be reached at [email protected].