Kimberley Grattan, RPT
Having played the piano since she was 8 years old, Kimberley has always been aware of the positive effect music has in the world.
This passion, along with a knack for mechanics led her to the field of Piano Technology.
After a year of basic training at Larry Crabb's School of Piano Technology, Kim earned a position at PianoWorks -one of the premier piano restoration and rebuilding companies in the US- in January of 2011. She worked there full-time while also building a small independent client-base in Atlanta and in her hometown of Key West.
At Pianoworks Kim learned every aspect of piano rebuilding and repair. Her primary focus was action restorations, service calls, show-room preparation and concert preparation. There, she had the opportunity to repair and help rebuild numerous instruments, including Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Baldwin, Kawai, Chickering, Schimmel, Estonia, Bosendorfer, Hailun, Weber and Yamaha while being mentored by some of the best and most respected technicians in the field.
Kimberley has been an official technician for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival since 2012, tuning for some of the world’s top piano players including Herbie Hancock, Henry Butler, Jon Batiste, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, Chucho Valdes, Harry Connick Jr, and many others. She moved to the Big Easy in 2015, and during her time there her clients included Alan Toussaint, Professor Michael Gurt of Louisiana State University, Professor Joao Casarotti of Southern University, The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Bernard Productions, The Baton Rouge Symphony, French Quarter Festival, Essence Festival, Satchmo Summer Festival, and Louisiana State University.
Unexpectedly in early 2018 Joel Hassenritter, whom she had met while working at PianoWorks, called. He was relocating to Arizona and Kim is now honored to be taking over Joel's prestigious business in Atlanta. This June marks the one-year anniversary of Sound Pianos with Kim proudly, and gratefully at the helm. The Alliance Theater, LaGrange College, Morehouse College, Wesleyan School, The Murray Arts Center, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, and the Woodruff Arts Center are now among Kim’s clients. She continues to return to New Orleans to tune for the Jazz and Heritage Festival, and also makes yearly trips to the Keys for some beach time and piano work!
Kim furthers her education through the Piano Technicians Guild and by attending Master Classes. Most recently, she attended the Steinway Touch and Tone Seminar in October 2019, and has already signed up for the Voicing Seminar in 2020. Kim plans to continue take advantage of training offered by other reputed technicians and piano manufacturers.
Sound Pianos proudly serves and supports the music communities in Atlanta, Key West, and the surrounding areas and Kim is excited to do so for many years to come.
Beth Davidson, Scheduling assistant
Beth is the happy wife of an Army veteran percussionist, retiring to Newnan, Georgia after serving 26 years in various international and stateside assignments.
Beth started scheduling for Joel during her final years homeschooling two (now) young adult children and continues to help keep Kim -who is extremely grateful- organized and on-time.
She really enjoys being connected to the world of music from the comfort of her home office (or up north when she visits her family in New York). Her own piano too often sits unplayed but Beth is hoping to remedy that. Our clients are an inspiration to her!