Mika'ele Toia, RPT
A second generation piano technician/tuner, Mika'ele currently lives in St. Paul MN, working for the Minnesota Orchestra, the MacPhail Center for Music, as well as providing regional institutional services. Mika'ele has worked full-time as a piano technician in Los Angeles, providing regular service as a concert technician for the Steinway & Sons Concert and Artist Division, The Colburn School of Performing Arts, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, 21st Century Fox Studios, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, American Contemporary Ballet, Center Staging LLC, and also, for his own private clientele.
During the summer seasons, Mika'ele has worked with the Aspen Music Festival and School, Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Sierra Summer Festival.
Mika'ele is active member of the Piano Technicians Guild, and certified Registered Piano Technician. His specialty is servicing Steinway & Sons instruments with inclusive post-factory preparation for institutions, and piano dealers such as Steinway & Sons Los Angeles, and Schmitt Music Company in Minneapolis.
Registered Piano Technician (RPT)
A Registered Piano Technician has successfully passed a rigorous technical examination used to certify piano technicians. The credential shows that the technician is truly a professional who can tune, service, and repair the instrument to a nationally recognized set of standards. To learn more about the Piano Technicians Guild, please visit www.ptg.org
Mika'ele has been honored to tune for the following artists and venues:
Emmanuel Ax @ Minnesota Orchestra Hall
Quincy Jones @ The Bootsy Bellows, Los Angeles
George Winston @ Minnesota Orchestra Hall, MN.
Herbie Hancock @ 2015 Grammy Awards Mainstage, Los Angeles
Regina Spektor @ Greg Wells Recording Studio, Culver City
RZA @ Thunder Studios, Long Beach CA
“The Peanuts Movie” Studio Recording Sessions, 20th Century Fox Studios, Los Angeles
Lang Lang @ 2014 Grammy Awards, Los Angeles
John Perry @ The Colburn School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, & California State University, Northridge.
Marcus Roberts @ Encompass Studios, Los Angeles
Brian Adams @ Long Beach Convention Center
Christopher O’Riley @ Private Residence, Aspen
LA Philharmonic Orchestra w/Gustavo Dudamel @ Occidental Studios, Hollywood
Agnes Obel @ The Roxy, Hollywood
Diana Krall @ Langham Huntington Hotel, Pasadena
Randy Newman @ Private Residence, Beverly Hills
Vijay Iyer @ Encompass Studios, Los Angeles.
Harmony Zhu @ The Ellen Show, Warner Bros. Studios
The Danny Elfman Show featuring Randy Kerber @ The Honda Center, Anaheim
Warren Jones @ Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Anton Nel @ Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
Joyce Yang @ Aspen Music Festival, CO.
Wu Han @ Aspen Music Festival, CO
Arturo O’Farrill @ 2016 Grammy Awards, Los Angeles.
Manahem Pressler @ The Colburn School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles
Gloria Chen @ The ACE Hotel, Los Angeles
The 5 Browns” @ America’s Got Talent, Pasadena CA
Vikingur Olafsson @ Minnesota Orchestra Hall, MN
Raul di Blasio @ The Greek Theater, East Hollywood
Rueibin Chen @ Private Residence, Pasadena
Stixx Hooper & The Jazz Crusaders @ Zipper Hall. Los Angeles
Dessa @ Minnesota Orchestra Hall, MN.
Jeremy Denk @ Aspen Music Festival
Hershey Felder @ Ford Amphitheater, Los Angeles
Till Fellner @ Minnesota Orchestra Hall, MN