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 Henry Butler, Jon Batiste, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, Chucho Valdes, Harry Connick Jr, and many others.
In February 2015 Kim left Atlanta to move to New Orleans. Although she ultimately decided not to stay in the Big Easy, during her time there her clients included Alan Toussaint, Professor Michael Gurt of Louisiana State University, Professor Joao Casarotti of Southern University, Bernard Productions, The Baton Rouge Symphony, French Quarter Festival, Essence Festival, Satchmo Summer Festival, and Louisiana State University.
In 2017, Kim decided to join forces with the Well-loved Piano Company in Charlotte, North Carolina where she spent a year working with their team of technicians and entrepreneurs.
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 and becoming Sound Pianos. 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 annually to tune for the Jazz and Heritage Festival, and also makes yearly trips to the Keys for some beach time and piano work!
Kim continues to further her education through the Piano Technicians Guild and by attending Master Classes. Going forward, she plans to take advantage of training offered by Steinway and other 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.