“I am a piano teacher and professional pianist of over twenty years. Julian Morgan-Smith has been a long time student and friend and it has been a pleasure to work with him across many areas of music.
Julian has done a fantastic job of tuning and maintaining the pianos at my various teaching studios and I am absolutely thrilled with the work he has done on my own Yamaha C5 Grand piano.
Julian spent many painstaking hours regulating the mechanism in the Yamaha, which has totally transformed the feel and sound of my piano. Julian has created a beautifully light touch, which is consistent across the entire keyboard. I am now able to achieve dynamic contrasts that I never before thought possible on the instrument.
As a fellow pianist, I felt that Julian knew exactly what I was looking for and both his passion for music and attention to detail allowed him to achieve the best results.
Julian’s work as a tuner is always exemplary with stable tunings which always hold true even on pianos being played up to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
I am proud to recommend Julian’s skills and professionalism to all of my students and have heard nothing but high praise for his excellent service and standard of work.
Dean Moore, B.A. Studio Music – Top Acts School of Piano – Tecoma, Melbourne
“I can’t tell you the impact of having the piano voiced upon me. I am playing things I haven’t played since I was a child, because the piano sounds like it did then (I am 62). I am playing things I haven’t played in years, and I am hearing the voice of my childhood from years gone by coming from the piano. It is like hearing the “Sound of Old” come back to the piano, and I am so grateful for your work. Cheers.
Anita Walker – Menzies Creek, Melbourne
“Theme & Variations has provided tuning services along with the provision of instruments, and the international acquisition of the Hall’s Steinway pianos since our inception in 1999. This relationship has ensured, and continues to guarantee, that City Recital Hall can provide the highest standard of service to our artists and patrons in the ongoing maintenance and upgrade of our pianos so critical to our status as one of Sydney’s, and Australia’s, premier concert and recital venues. Without the skill, commitment, and attention to detail provided by Ara, Nyree and their professional team this would not have been so assured or so pleasant a journey. As City Recital Hall evolves into a new more musically adventurous era, we take great comfort that Theme & Variations will be part of that journey. They are as much collaborators as service providers.
Stephanie Wise, Concert & Event Manager – City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney
“Theme & Variations is not only a company that delivers a service but it gives stability and comfort for us who work in the piano profession. Their quality of tuning and piano maintenance is absolutely professional and unquestionable but so is the dedication and passion of the staff, being led by Ara and Nyree Vartoukian. I have benefitted from their generosity during the past thirty years and most recently as Artistic Director of the Southern Highland International Piano Competition.
Gerard Willems AM, Associate Professor – Sydney Conservatorium of Music
“Theme and Variations comprises a special group of people. Under the headship of the brilliant piano technician Ara Vartoukian, the firm consists of experts whose understanding of the piano is subtle and sophisticated – this is evidenced by richly informed and consummate tuning skills, and by formidable, insightful and faultless capacities as piano technicians. The team at Theme and Variations inspire those around them; they consistently reveal skill and intelligence; they are trustworthy, practical and (most importantly) musically sensitive; and they are never self-serving at the expense of others. It comes as no surprise that they are respected by their peers and by the greatest pianists working at the highest national and international professional levels. Theme and Variations bring passion-driven dedication and high-quality expertise to each and every keyboard instrument that they encounter. Australian musicians are greatly blessed to have a firm of the calibre of Theme and Variations in their midst.
Professor Dr Geoffrey Lancaster AM, Pianist – WA Academy of Performing Arts