Edwin Beunk & Johan Wennink
With an extensive background in repairing and tuning the modern piano, Edwin Beunk started his own workshop in 1981. Johan Wennink joined forces with him in 1985. With his natural aptitude for any form of building and his mathematical background Johan became an inventive restorer for all kinds of reconstruction work. It was nothing but their ardent interest in the fortepiano that resulted in their specialization in this particular field and their heartfelt respect for the craftsmanship of the piano builders of the past. In 1992 Ben Kamphuis (now retired) and Carolien Dopheide joined the team. Katja Lüthje came later and specialised in veneer and polishing works.
The team is extremely experienced in the restoration of all predecessors of the modern piano: from the Viennese ‘Hammerklavier’ from Mozart’s time up to the later pianos of the Brahms era.
But also many an instrument from London and Paris – the other piano-building centres of former days – went through their workshop before starting a new life in the hands of musicians all over the world.
IMAGE: Carolien in Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, tuning Royal Erard from Queen Hortense de Beauharnais 1808.
Film Documentary the lost sound
Watch the trailer of the film below. Contact the maker of the film to order the DVD.
In ‘The Lost Sound’ we are witness to the discovery of an extremely rare Nanette Streicher forte piano, built in Vienna in 1826. In a light and sometimes humorous tone we follow the painstaking restoration of the instrument from a horrible wreck into a beautiful sounding instrument.
We follow restorer/collector Edwin Beunk – en route- with his instruments for concerts and recordings in Europe and even to Tokyo. Famous pianists tell us why they play on historical pianos and what it means to them.
The cost of the DVD is € 15,- post and package costs inclusive within the Netherlands, € 12,50 for deliveries abroad exclusive of delivery charges.