My name is Nathan Marchese, and I’m the sole owner-operator of Northwest Arkansas Piano Tuning.
I was raised in a family that greatly valued music. My father played a variety of keyboard-based instruments from a young age, including accordion, Clavinet, and B3 organ, so naturally I was drawn to the piano that my family kept in our house. It was no Steinway grand, just a little Baldwin spinet that my mother had bought to try to learn piano herself. I loved that little piano. I began lessons at age six, and began playing for my church in eighth grade. Having fallen in love with music and performance throughout high school, I attended the University of Central Arkansas, where I earned my Bachelors in Theatre with a minor in Music. After a bit of travel, I settled down in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where I became a dueling piano player. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s basically a two-man, two-piano sing-along show, and a lot of fun if you’re into that sort of thing.
A few years back, my father gifted me our family’s old Baldwin that I had learned to play as a child. After so many years, and a three hour truck ride, it needed some TLC. That’s when I began to be seriously interested in piano maintenance. A piano tuner came in and–in just a couple of hours–had my little old piano sounding as good as I remembered it could. I was nearly speechless during the process. Here was a craft where you could, with the proper training and skill, breathe life back into an old and fatigued instrument.
I understand that some folks look for a piano tuner only to improve the functionality of an important piece of furniture, and that’s absolutely okay. But I know that to some people, their piano is more. It’s a gathering place for song in your home. It’s an outlet for your creative expression. It’s a cornerstone of memories of musical friends and family. And to anyone who feels even a little bit this way, I simply say this…
Hi, I’m Nathan, and I’d like to take care of your piano.