One of the world’s finest piano makers, piano restorer and expert concert piano tuner, Walter Haass brings world class training and experience to all of his clients in Perth, Australia and South East Asia.
A true expert in his field of piano making, piano tuning, piano repairs and piano restoration, Walter Haass began his career studying piano making at the renowned Oscar Walcker School of Instrument Making in Ludwigburgs, Germany whilst doing his apprenticeship at Matthaes piano factory in Stuttgart. He continued his training at the Fromenteil Atelier in Paris and worked as a freelance piano tuner and concert technician in Berlin until moving to Perth, Western Australia in 1982.
Now with over 40 years of experience as a leading concert piano technician and a extremely highly respected Steinway & Sons piano technical specialist for Australia and South East Asia, Walter is often called upon to resolve technical problems with pianos and regularly travels around Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambodia and New Zealand for his specialist piano services, piano tuning, piano repairing and servicing, piano rebuilding and restoration.
Walter Haass in Perth, Western Australia
Walter's local Perth clientele includes; The Perth Concert Hall, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Musical Viva, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Perth International Arts Festival and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
The Singapore International Piano Festival
Walter Haass has worked with the Singapore International Piano Festival since shortly after its inception in 1994 and continues to work there today. Work at the recent 21st Singapore International Piano Festival held in June 2014, marked Walter's 20th consecutive year at the piano festival in Singapore. This is what the Artistic Director, Lionel Choi had to say.
The former Artistic Director of the Singapore International Piano Festival, Goh Yew Lin wrote, “Walter Haass has played a critical role in the success of our piano festival. He is a perfectionist craftsman. Pianists like Nikolai Demidenko and Pascal Roge have said to me that he is among the very best in the world – and I guess they should know! His tender loving care in preparing the instruments has been conspicuously praised by pianists in each Festival and I hope he will continue to help us in the years ahead.”
Walter Haass has professionally attended to the varied tastes and requirements of the world’s finest pianists.
Joaquin Achucarro, Dimitri Alexeev, Piotr Anderszewski, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Paul Baduth-Skoda, Giovanni Belluci, Frederic Chin, Boris Berman, Borris Berezovski, Philippe Bianconi, Idil Biret, Daniel Blumenthal, Yetim Bronfman, John Chen, Arnaldo Cohen, Jean-Philippe Collard, Imogen Cooper, Michael Dalbuto, Bella Davidovich, Peter Donohoe, Nicholai Demidenko, Barry Douglas, Julius Drake, Ronald Farren-Price, Vladimir Feltsman, Benjamin Friter, Alexander Garrylynk, Helene Grimaud, Andreas Haefliger, Marc Andre Hamelin, Thomas Hecht, Angela Hewit, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, Michael Houstoun, Reg Howat, Peter Jablowski, Cyrien Katsaris, Kevin Kenner, Freddy Kempf, Steven Kovacevich, Ewa Kupiec, Katia and Marielle Labeque, Piers Lane, Lang Lang, Andre Michel Laplante, Demmi Lee, Robert Levin, Paul Lewis, Yundi Li, Cecile Licad, John Lill, Valentina Lisitsa, Nocholai Lugansky, Konstantin Lifschitz, Mark Markham, Ellis Marsalis, Alexander Melnikov, Loan Moravec, Jan Monro, Roger Muraro, Jan Nahamatsu, Davis Nettle, Noroko Ogawa, Garrick Ohlsson, Celcile Ousset, Vladimir Ovchimikov, Kun-Woo Paik, Jon Kimura Parker, Arthur Pizzaro, Jean Bernard Pommier, Pascal Roge, Michael Roll, Mikhail Rudy, Gyorgy SandorVittorio Sangiorgio, Konstantin Scherbakov, Howard Shelley, Kathryn Stott, Yevgeny Sudbin, Melwyn Tan, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Francois-Joel Thiollier, Fau Ts’ong, Seow Yit Kin, Lars Vogt, Arcadi Volados, Roger Woodward, Igor Zhuhov.
Walter's services have also been engaged by Dewan Filharmonhik Petronas (Kuala Lumpur) when they opened the first Malaysian concert hall in 1998. Walter worked there for a number of years while training a local piano tuner.