Potter School Reception
Sponsored by the Potter School of Piano Technology
Everyone is welcome to join in this casual gathering. Catch up with old friends and make some new ones. It’s a great way to start off the week.
We’ll announce PTG award recipients for 2019 and start the convention with a preview of the outstanding lineup of classes and special activities scheduled for this year. You’ll have an opportunity to win some nice prizes and join in the fun as we launch our 2019 convention.
President’s Welcome Reception
PTG President Paul Brown invites you to join him in a relaxing evening featuring classic rock band Triple Play with Paul Coates, Dave Delucia, Mickey McAdams and a special guest. Sample the food, socialize and enjoy the music. Everyone is welcome!
Exhibit Hall Opening
Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Get a first look at many of your favorite suppliers, manufacturers and vendors in the PTG Convention Exhibit Hall. Entry a drawing, consult with a company rep and start shopping.
Malcolm Bilson and Paul McNulty
8 p.m. Admittance Free
Sponsored by the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation
Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear world-renowned Malcolm Bilson, one of the foremost proponents of the use of period pianos. He will perform on a reproduction of an 1815 Fritz grand piano, built by Paul McNulty. We are very excited to have the musical genius of Malcolm Bilson and the piano building genius of Paul McNulty come together for this concert at the 2019 PTG Convention.
Bilson is a pioneer in exploring the use of early pianos to understand how musical works would have sounded to their composers, and what that means for performance practices. He began specializing in this field in the 1970's as a professor at Cornell University, and was a major figure in bringing it into the mainstream and expanding beyond the piano of Mozart’s time to those of the early to mid 19th century. He has performed and lectured around the world on period instruments, both original and reproduction. His recordings include all the Mozart piano sonatas and concertos and the compete Schubert sonatas, among others. He taught for nearly 40 years at Cornell University, training many of the most prominent period pianists of today.
Paul McNulty began as a classical guitarist, and turned to piano technology, studying at the North Bennet Street school with Bill Garlick in 1978-80. He decided to focus on building fortepianos, and soon moved to Europe in search of better sources for materials. He now lives in the Czech Republic and has expanded the range of instruments he makes to include copies of pianos as late as an 1847 Boisselot (Liszt’s piano) and an 1869 Streicher (Brahms). His pianos are world-renowned, and owned by a who’s who of prominent pianists, institutions and concert venues.