DAVID ANDERSEN has been a professional musician, recording artist, and piano technician/consultant for nearly four decades. He has been involved in the restoration and maintenance of hundreds of Steinway and Mason & Hamlin pianos during that time. Beginning in 1975 he apprenticed for two and a half years under Jack Cofer in Atlanta, Georgia; during the 1980s he studied at Steinway facilities both in New York and London.
After moving to Southern California in 1981, David worked extensively with Sherman Clay, the Steinway dealer in most of California at that time, both as a concert/new piano preparation technician and as a quality control consultant/piano prep manager for Asian piano companies affiliated with Sherman Clay.
He took on Steve Bellieu as an apprentice in 1991, and the rebuilding/restorative part of the business soon accelerated and expanded. In the '90's, David began tuning for film composers and selected performance venues and recording studios, still his pleasure and specialty. In late 1999 he began a 6-year association with David Abell Fine Pianos, the landmark Southern California piano store, preparing & maintaining new Fazioli, Bosendorfer, Yamaha, and Schimmel grand pianos.
He opened his own boutique piano sales showroom, the Atelier, in late 2005. He sells quality instruments at all price ranges, rents pianos for performances and recording, and presents an intimate outdoor concert series with some of the world's finest pianists from late April through early November. Andersen continues to teach various aspects of his craft at Piano Technician's Guild conferences on the local, regional and national level.
In 2009 David took on another apprentice/protEgE, Erik Diehl, RPT. A graduate of the two-year program at North Bennett Street School, and earlier apprenticeships with Barbara Pease Renner and Steve Brady, Erik has added massive value to DAPs day-to-day operations.
David has two grown children and just recently become a grandfather; he lives in Los Angeles, California, with his partner, the sculptor Tanya Ragir.