Krall and Seidler – building a copy

An attempt to discuss the methodology of work on recreating the instrument, taking into account techniques and materials (leather, wood, strings, metals). I would like to illustrate both lectures with photos from technological processes and a live presentation of pianos.

Andrzej Włodarczyk, born 1972 in Warsaw. A graduate of the Technical College of Piano Construction in Kalisz (1994) and the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University (1998). Since 1993 he has been running “Pracownia Pianin i Fortepianów Andrzej Włodarczyk” (Piano and Firm Piano Workshop Andrzej Włodarczyk) offering repair, tuning, expertise and restoration of historical and contemporary instruments. He was an apprentice at the Steinway & Sons factory in Hamburg (2007). In the years 2000-2006 he was a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (Principles of Tuning and Piano Construction). For many years he has been an instrument tuner at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The initiator of establishing the “Association of Polish Piano Tuners” (2007). He collaborates with institutions from all over the country (Fryderyk Chopin Institute, National Philharmonic, Royal Castle, University of Warsaw, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lodz, Andrzej Szwalbe Historic Piano Collection in Ostromecko, Palace in Chrzęsne, District Museum in Krosno, American School in Warsaw, Polish Army, Gdansk Museum and others). He has served the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój, the International Music Festival Chopin and His Europe, the Ad Libitum Festival, the International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn, Chopin concerts in the Royal Łazienki Park, Floralia Powsin). Initiator of the cycle “Charm of old pianos in Radzymin”. Constructor of grand pianos (two copies of a Viennese grand piano made by A. Walter, according to the 1795 model, and copies of a grand piano made by the Warsaw company Krall and Seldler, according to the 1830 model). Restorer of historical pianos (among others he has reconstructed a giraffe piano owned by the Museum of Romanticism in Opinogóra, a Krall and Seidler Zygmunt Noskowski piano from the Ostromecki Collection, a Krall and Seidler S. Moniuszko piano owned by WTM, a Schwechten Zofia Nałkowska piano from the Nałkowskis Museum in Wołomin, Erard pianos belonging to the NIFC, a Pleyel piano from the District Museum in Krosno). Owner of the largest Polish private collection of historical pianos, constantly used for concerts and recordings.

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