Learn About The Gilded Piano - The Finest of Piano Technicians

The Gilded Piano was started in 2003 by Duncan Peterson out of his passion for pianos, people and the pursuit of perfection, which is carried through the culture of our company today.

Over the past 20 years The Gilded Piano has undergone lots of growth due to our loyal customer base and focus on high end piano service.

We have had the opportunity to hire amazing people to keep up with the growing demand, and plan on continuing this trend of growth well into the future.

The Gilded Piano provides expertise that other companies cannot match. We are one of the few piano tuning businesses that offers services like voicing the tone of a piano and regulating the action, as well as full the rebuilding of vintage pianos including soundboards and pinblocks.

Many expert and pianists recognize The Gilded Piano as their trusted piano tuner and service provider. Through the training that they have undergone, including Steinway and Yamaha trainings, as well as being part of the Piano Technicians Guild and becoming Registered Piano Technicians, they have proven their expertise in the industry and are credible, dependable, and well-known in the business.

Duncan, our founder, joined the Piano Technicians Guild in 2003, and became a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) Member of the Guild in July of 2007.

A Registered Piano Technician (RPT) has passed a series of rigorous examinations on the maintenance, repair, and tuning of pianos. Only RPTs are authorized by The Piano Technicians Guild to display the logo containing the words “Registered Piano Technician”. It is the highest standard for piano technicians for the past 60 years.

Meet The Gilded Piano Team

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Duncan Peterson, President

Having been in business since 2003, Duncan has achieved the credential of Registered Piano Technician (RPT) the most widely recognized professional piano tuning accreditation, as well as attending multiple trainings around the country. He has also been trained at the Steinway & Sons factory in New York City as well as at the Yamaha Little Red School House, and Yamaha Performance Piano Service Seminar in Buena Park, California.

Duncan services the pianos for Salt Lake Community College, Murray School District, Nebo School District High Schools, Daynes Musicand hundreds of homes across the Wasatch Front. He has tuned for top musicians in Utah including Jon Schmidt, Paul Cardall, Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy, and has been a contract technician in charge of as many as 270 pianos on BYU campus and the MTC.

Duncan attended Brigham Young University (1998-2002) where he studied Organ Performance for 3 years, and graduated with his BA in Music. During that time he also played the Carillon Bells on BYU Campus.


He is married to his wife, Gina, and they are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Chloe and Charlotte.

Jose Cabrera, Piano Technician

Jose’ Cabrera is a Jazz Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Soloist and Accompanist, Piano Teacher and Piano and Musician from Dominican Republic.

He is an excellent Piano Technician and a member of the Piano Technicians Guild.

Jose attended the National Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo DR, where he was educated as a Piano Performer, and obtained his diploma in piano technology mentored by Swedish master technician Claes Mart; it is there where he would later work as a Jazz Piano profesor for several years, while working as instructor for the National Choir, as a freelance musician, and running his own piano maintenance business in Dominican Republic.

As a Performing Artist has participated in various musical events, such as the “Katarei” Jazz festivals in Santo Domingo and the International Choir Festival in Lima Peru as a piano accompanist. He has shared the stage with internationally known artists like the Brazilian singer Djavan, Jazz Pianist Michel Camilo, among others; collaborated in studio sessions with bass player Carlitos del Puerto (bassist for the Chick Corea’s new trio)

He has arranged and composed music in various genres, for solo artists and music libraries for labels such as Anarchy Records, and arranged, produced and performed a piano solo Christmas album for Shadow Mountain Records, Deseret Books record label.

In 2021 worked as concert piano technician for Dessert Books streaming live concerts series in UT.




Will Perkins, Registered Piano Technician

Will Perkins is a graduate of the acclaimed 2-year piano technology program at North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA. After completing an internship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Center, Will began his career in Idaho Falls establishing Signature Pianocraft. In 2022, Will sold his business to Duncan Peterson, owner of The Gilded Piano, and accepted a position in Utah to work alongside Rick Baldassin building soundboards and rebuilding actions. Will is excited to be returning to Idaho Falls to resume in-home service with the added rebuilding knowledge and expertise he gained in Utah. 

Will is a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild, and has served the PTG in various capacities including Vice President of the Salt Lake City Chapter, Certified Tuning Examiner, and member of the PTG Institute Team.

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Bryce McKay, Piano Rebuilder

When you bring a vintage piano into our shop to be restored or refinished, our goal is the highest quality possible. With years of experience and a keen eye for detail, Bryce heads all the rebuilding work at The Gilded Piano Shop.

Experience With Organs

I had the wonderful opportunity to work for 2 ½ years at M.L. Bigelow & Co. Organ Builders working on nearly every aspect on building pipe organs from intricate action building to wood carving. It was there that I began to develop the agility and dexterity to work with hand tools, which skill would prove necessary in my piano work. A huge thanks to Mike Bigelow for trusting me to take his carving tools, with no previous experience, and creating some of the works that would adorn his pipe organs for decades to come.

My First Organ

opus 27 – I did the carvings and much of the gold leaf (Hence “GILDED”!!!)

Bigelow 27 - The Gilded Piano

My Last Organ

opus 30 – I did the carvings and assisted in building the action, pipes, case and more.

The Gilded Piano - Organ Gilding

-Note from Duncan

I want to make note of my beautiful, wonderful, loving wife. Gina and I met first when I came and tuned her piano in 2004. We got married in April 2007, and continue to live our dreams together!