Kawai’s very own Don Mannino, the only North American technician certified as a Shigeru Kawai “Master Piano Technician,” received the prestigious 2018 Golden Hammer award at the Piano Technicians Guild convention held July 11-14 in Lancaster, PA. The Golden Hammer Award is presented to one PTG member per year who has demonstrated years of outstanding contributions to the PTG organization and the piano industry.
About this award, Don said: “It is truly humbling to receive this level of recognition by one’s peers. The Piano Technicians Guild has been instrumental in my professional life as a means of raising my skill levels, expanding my knowledge of pianos and piano service methods, and more recently as a means to share what I have learned with other technicians. It is enough just to pay back what has been provided to me, but this award is a special and very meaningful honor for me.”
Widely recognized as one of the finest piano craftsmen in the world, Don travels widely around the US and Canada visiting music schools, including Juilliard in New York City, and concert venues preparing Shigeru Kawai concert pianos for recording sessions and concerts – and educating technicians about the proper service and general maintenance of all pianos. Over the years he has also been instrumental in overseeing the generous support Kawai America has provided to the PTG, including pianos, performing artists for conventions, and technician training at the highest levels.