Rhys Boak was born in Melbourne into a musical family. Experimenting as a toddler playing the piano, his formal training commenced at age 4 with his mother, Laurice Boak. Rhys began playing the piano as he learned to walk, and his interest in the king of instruments, the pipe organ started soon after.
Rhys has been the organist and Manager of Music since June 2007, and he is widely regarded as one of the country’s finest organist, pianists and arrangers. Notably in 2005 he initiated the first series of organ recitals to be held in mainland China, when he opened the world’s largest pipe organ museum in Gulangyu China along with Ryoko Mori. He has undertaken numerous international tours throughout Europe and Asia.
In 2006, Rhys notably toured China playing duets with the late Geoffrey Tozer, and has toured with many artists, most recently as part of the nationwide ‘My Hero’ tour with Australian soprano, Greta Bradman presented by Universal Music.
He has toured Europe twice with the Australian Chamber Choir, and also with the Choir of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne. Rhys is also a notable collector and restorer of historic Australian pianos, and is a certified piano technician. As a highly active orchestrator and arranger, his work has been recorded by the likes of the English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Richard Bonynge and can be heard on the Sony, Decca and Move Records labels.
Mandy and Eddie Tichelaar owner operators of abc PIANOS are an Australian owned family business and have been in the piano industry in Melbourne for over 40 years.
Eddie joined his parents in the piano industry at the age of 18 but his exposure to the industry began at the age of 7, as he assisted his father John regularly within the piano business. Eddie has a vast knowledge of pianos and has learnt the technical side of pianos from many qualified piano designers, master technicians, tuners and builders from all over the world.
He is also a member of the Piano Tuners and Technicians Guild of Vic and a member of the International Association of Piano Builders and Technicians. Mandy studied music from a very early age and is a gifted woodwind player with piano as her second instrument. Mandy also played in various groups and gave solo woodwind performances. abc PIANOS specialise in:
- Sales of New Pianos, Second Hand Pianos & Pre loved Pianos.
- Hire of Grand and Upright pianos for Functions, Events & Concerts
- Rental of Long term pianos for in the home or workplace
- Piano Moving & Transport
- Piano Tuning & Repairs
- Piano Storage
- Piano Recycling
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