The APTTA has been hosting conventions on a bi-annual basis since 1985. These conventions are always well attended and give our widely dispersed piano technicians an opportunity to gather and exchange information, develop and refine their piano tuning and piano technology skills and to set upon new goals and directions for the association. The APTTA welcomes and encourages piano Technicians to join the APTTA to further develop your skills in the company of like minded professional from within the APTTA.
The conventions include many lecturers from Australia and New Zealand as well as guest lecturers from around the world. Many of the speakers are well known as experts in their field, and cover many topics from basic repairs to major rebuilding as well as new innovations in our profession. Diverse topics such as computer and business management are also covered. Many new skills are acquired and much knowledge is gained by the attendees.
An AGM is held at every convention for the members in attendance which includes the election of officers on the committee for the next two years, and a general meeting for any participants at the convention to attend. There are also meetings for the outgoing and incoming committees, as well as a meeting for the examination committee to discuss any refinements to the examination process.
The 2009 convention in Brisbane was hosted by the Queensland branch and held in conjunction with the meeting of the International Association of Piano Builders and Technicians - IAPBT. Technicians from USA, Norway, Germany, Canada, Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea as well as New Zealand and Australia attended this convention. The conventions are also supported by many of the major piano manufacturers and parts suppliers.
Keep your eyes open for details of our 19th convention which was to be held in S.E. Queensland during 2021 ... but as COVID-19 has impacted our planning for this event, it has been postponed until travel restrictions are eased. Currently, the new proposed dates are 28th April - 1st May 2023. Stay tuned :)
Past conventions have been held in the following cities since inception:-
Sydney – 1985
Melbourne – 1987
Brisbane – 1988
Perth – 1990
Canberra – 1992
Melbourne – 1994
Gold Coast – 1996
Auckland – 1998
Sydney – 2000
Perth – 2002
Adelaide – 2004
Gold Coast – 2007
Brisbane – 2009
Wellington – 2011
Sydney – 2013
Perth – 2015
Adelaide - 2017
Melbourne - 2019
The next IAPBT Congress (International Association of Piano Builders and Technicians), which has also been postponed on several occasions, is curremtly scheduled as follows :-
Union of European Piano Builders' Associations
A troubled year lies behind us. Uncertainties have mixed up plans around the world.
The congress planning for our meeting also had to be postponed several times.
The current planning, subject to any disruptions, looks like this:
Europiano Congress 2022 in Warsaw
The art of piano making in Europe - yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Date: Friday, September 2nd, 2022 to Sunday, September 4th, 2022.
Organization by Polish Organization and Europiano
Location: Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton
Ul. Skalnicowa 21, Warsaw
comfortable hotel rooms, swimming pool, gym
Costs: conference including meals
€ 350 if you register by March 31st, 2022
€ 400 if you register from April 1st to June 30th, 2022
€ 450 if you register after July 1st 2022
Hotel costs including breakfast
in a double room per person and night € 50, in a single room € 85.
Each participant books the hotel room himself!
Program: opening concert
Seminars and lectures on the congress topic
Exhibition and sale of parts
Registration: Stowarzyszenie Polskich Stroicieli Fortepianów (SPSF)
ul. Warecka 4-6/40a, 00-040 Warszawa
Telefon: +48 696 115 661
Bank details will be announced on the pianocongress.org homepage.
When registering and booking a hotel, please enter the password “Europiano Congress2022”.
For the guests from overseas we are planning a bus trip to the companies Schimmel (Kalisz, PL), Förster (Löbau, D), Bechstein (Seifhennersdorf, D), Renner (Meuselwitz, D) and Blüthner (near Leipzig, D).
More precise plans will be announced soon when planning can be made more secure. Europiano asks for your indulgence for the uncertainty of our planning. But unfortunately, no fixed organization is possible now.
I wish you all good health, a merry Christmas and, hopefully, a better and more predictable year 2022, in which we can meet and exchange ideas.