David C. Brown is the staff piano technician for the Division of Music at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Brown received a Bachelor of Arts in Music, vocal performance, in 1979 and was a working musician prior to beginning his technical training in 1984. He became a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild in 1989. Until 1996 he managed an independent rebuilding shop and service and rebuilding shops for retailers.
Brown was a member of the piano technical staff at The University of Texas at Austin from 1996 to 2006 and Arizona State University from 2006 to 2010 prior to returning to Texas to accept the position at SMU. While in Austin he was a Concert and Artist technician for Steinway and Sons, and was first call technician for many of the city’s live music venues. At ASU he served on the technical team for the USASU Bosendorfer – Schimmel International Piano Competition.
He has trained in New York with Steinway & Sons, Los Angeles with Yamaha USA, Vienna, Austria with L. Bosendorfer, and Braunschweig, Germany with Wilhelm Schimmel Pianofortefabrik. He is a sought-after instructor, having taught throughout the U.S. and at the PTG International Convention and Institute on subjects as varied as tuning techniques, shop practices, repair, voicing and rebuilding.