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Uploaded on Jan 6, 2011

Richard Ruggero shows us how pianos are made, and how a qualified technician can significantly change the character of a piano with the art of voicing, the manipulation of hammer felts to achieve a desired tone. He also fields piano related questions from attendees. A short performance by Randy Love is included before and after voicing to demonstrate the difference in tone that can be achieved.

Owner and President of Ruggero Piano, Richard Ruggero has been servicing pianos in the triangle area for 32 years, including three years of training with founder and father, Robert Ruggero. He is a Registered Member of the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG), and has taught at every level of conference and convention from local to national. He is a three time conference director for the Southeast Regional Conference of the PTG and has served as Certified Tuning Examiner, Technical Examiner and member of the PTG Conference Board.

Richard and his wife Deborah have grown Ruggero Piano from a home based concern to one of the premier piano stores on the east coast offering top brands like Bosendorfer, FAZIOLI, Bluthner, Schimmel, Estonia, Mason & Hamlin and others. He and his staff also offer complete restoration of vintage pianos.

Richard still does some limited outside tuning a couple of days a week and concert service, but more than likely you will find him in the store tuning, regulating and voicing one of the many limited production pianos in the Ruggero inventory. He and son John tune and maintain most of the pianos in the store, and provide the highest level service after the sale. He is also active in the community and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.

Over the years, he has served or partnered with many arts based groups including the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, Classical Voice of North Carolina, United Arts of Wake County, The Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Community Music School of Raleigh, Trinity Music Academy, The Durham Symphony, Carolina Ballet, NC Theatre, Mallarme Chamber Players, Triangle Youth Philharmonic, Cary Cultural Arts Society, Music@NCState, and others.

Helping each customer find the perfect piano match and making a difference in the community by providing great pianos for events are his passions. His store, Ruggero Piano, is located in Raleigh at 4720-120 Hargrove Rd. 27616. www.ruggeropiano.com.

Randall Love is a member of the Duke University music faculty where he teaches piano and fortepiano. He has been heard in this country and abroad as a soloist and chamber player in performances on period and contemporary instruments. He has collaborated in numerous programs featuring Romantic music on original instruments. Love received his training at the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.) and the New England Conservatory (M.M. with honors), after which he studied in Amsterdam where he earned a soloist diploma with honors from the Sweelinck Conservatory. His awards include being a finalist in the Erwin Bodky Early Keyboard Competition (1983) and a finalist in the Jaques Vonk Prijs Piano Competition in Amsterdam (1984).

Rare Music is a lecture-demonstration series co-sponsored by DUMIC (http://www.dumic.org/) and the Duke University Libraries (http://library.duke.edu/). Almost once per month (during the academic year) there is a program on a Friday afternoon at 4 PM in the Rare Book Room (http://library.duke.edu/specialcollec...) in Perkins Library. Each event includes a question and answer session and is followed by refreshments.

Additional support for Rare Music was provided by the Vice Provost for the Arts (http://www.provost.duke.edu/contact/s...), the Carrabina Endowment, Friends of DUMIC, High Strung Violins & Guitars (http://www.highstrungdurham.com/), Ruggero Piano (http://www.ruggeropiano.com/), and VoChor, Inc. (http://www.vochor.com/).

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