For over 40 years Dr Paul Tunzi AM has maintained the keyboard instruments for most of the musical institutions and venues throughout Perth, building an international reputation as a highly skilled keyboard technician-artisan.
Paul specialises in preparing historical and modern keyboard instruments for concerts and recordings. Additionally, Paul has facilitated, selected, and installed concert pianos throughout many of Perth’s performance and educational venues.
Paul has travelled extensively as a technician, consultant, and researcher and has achieved Master Piano Technician qualification from the Yamaha technical academy (Japan) and factory accreditations from Kawai (Japan) and Fazioli (Italy). His experience extends to working in traditional keyboard ateliers, including Harpsichord with Bruce Kennedy (Italy), Fortepiano with Paul McNulty (Czech Republic) and Square pianos with Lucy Coad (UK).
In 2017, Paul was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate historical keyboard instrument collections throughout the UK and Europe.
In 2021, Paul was nominated for Australian of the Year and was a finalist or the City of Perth Community Citizen of the Year.
In 2023 Paul was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for services to music as a pianoforte tuner/technician.
Paul completed his PhD at ECU in 2023— Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts).
Square Piano by Arnold Frederick Beck (London, 1780): Restorative Conservation, What May Be Inferred, and a Resultant Teaching Program—having commenced my higher degree research as the Vice Chancellor’s Founding Pianos Masters Scholar researching the restoration of Australia’s ‘First Fleet' piano by Frederick Beck, (London 1780).