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Alex Merlo - Manager

Hi, my name is Alex Merlo and I’m the Regional/ Institutional sales manager for the Atlanta area. I have been in sales all my adult life ranging from health and fitness to real estate and now currently the piano business. I started selling pianos for a local Steinway dealer in 2014 but have definitely found my home here at Piano Distributors. I love helping people find the right piano for their situations and goals. Whether you’re an accomplished player, aspiring artist, educator or a beginner, I honestly believe that we have the right piano to make you happy and fit your budget. My goal is to treat each customer as if you were my mom or dad. I promise to help you, educate you, guide you, inspire you and hopefully make you laugh en route to a stress free purchase. Music is by far my biggest passion and I would like to share that passion with you. I also am a singer/ songwriter and have had multiple songs placed in different independent film projects here in Atlanta. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to start your journey into finding your next piano! Sincerely yours, Alex.

Timothy Wilson - Sales

I couldn’t imagine a world without music, and I’m so glad I don’t have to!  My name is Timothy Wilson and it’s a joy to introduce & educate customers on new products that we offer at Piano Distributors. 

With over 15 years of experience as a pianist/keyboardist, I’m able to demonstrate the depth and wonder of our instruments through real-time playing & performance.  It’s a joy to see the look of amazement on the face of a customer as I demonstrate the great features & dynamics offered by any one of our great products.  I believe that music has the ability to change & enrich lives, and I strive to continually be a vehicle of that change.

Our Atlanta Teachers

Julian Duncan

Julian Duncan is a pianist and music teacher from Atlanta, Georgia with more than ten years experience in private and group piano instruction. In 2016, Julian completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Shorter University where he studied with Dr. Jerico Vasquez. During his time at Shorter, Julian was nominated for the Lilybelle L. Smith award for Piano Pedagogy, was named outstanding senior in music performance, and was inducted into the prestigious Pi Kappa Lambda honor’s society for musicians.

During his program of study, Julian took numerous courses in piano pedagogy and conducted supervised teaching, including individual and group piano instruction for children, as well as for non-keyboard music majors.

Upon graduation, Julian attended the competitive Opera Viva! study abroad program in Verona, Italy, where he studied accompanying and vocal coaching with Joyce Fieldsend, a collaborative pianist at La Fenice opera house in Venice.

In 2018, Julian completed a Master of Music degree in Musicology at Florida State University where he studied piano with Dr. Heidi Williams, worked as a teaching assistant for a variety of music courses, and completed an interdisciplinary Master’s thesis entitled Behind the Red Curtain: Nationalism and Satie’s Parade under the supervision of Dr. Michael Broyles.

In addition to teaching and scholarship, Julian has been an active vocal accompanist and church musician. He worked as a student accompanist at Shorter University, accompanied vocalists privately in Tallahassee, Florida, and has performed as a pianist and organist at many churches, including Rush Chapel United Methodist Church in Adairsville, GA, First Baptist Church in Camilla, GA, St. Augustine Catholic Church in Thomasville, GA, and First Presbyterian Church in Rome, Ga. Julian is a passionate teacher and is dedicated to providing his students with the tools to achieve success and enjoyment in music.

TED HOWE

TED HOWE was born in Boston, MA with a fascination for sound from the day he was born. A penchant for sound from a toddler may not always be a parent's dream. However, this love of sound grew as did that of the Red Sox from the attention he received from his Uncle Oly, who introduced him both to jazz and to baseball. Young TED listened to every jazz album he could find, attended many jazz concerts and quickly found his favorites amongst Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Dave Brubeck and Bill Evans.

TED began studying piano in his tender teens with HARRY SMITH, one of the legendary founders of the BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC. TED's natural persistence and relentless fascination of developing his craft dominated his life. He soon became not only a student at Berklee, but a professor of piano arranging, theory and improvisation -- all before reaching the age of 24.

After a two year stint as a pianist in the Army, TED took a gig at one of Boston's leading live entertainment venues, The Surf Supper Club where he soon became bandleader playing and conducting for some of the biggest acts of the time. It was at the Surf that HOWE honed his craft of arranging -- a strong point that to this day sets him aside from other gifted pianists.

TED moved his family to Atlanta where he continued performing, composing, arranging, producing and teaching. Again, HOWE shared the stage with many of the great jazz artists and entertainers of the day and he continued building relationships with performers who called on his services each time they came to town, such as MEL TORME -- who refused to sing with anyone else on his visits to Atlanta. HOWE also joined the faculty of GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY where he assisted in developing its first jazz education program. Ted is now based in both Los Angeles and Atlanta, and is accepting a limited amount of students for private study in jazz piano, harmony, improvisation, and arranging. Click here for more information about studying with Ted, one of the top piano teachers in his field. You can email Ted at ted@tedhowe.com

Ted is a Summit Records recording artist residing in Los Angeles and Atlanta. He records, arranges, produces, composes and travels extensively performing his two very popular shows; "An Evening Of Duke Ellington," and, "Shaken Not Stirred" The Music Of James Bond.

    TED HOWE HAS PERFORMED WITH:

  • HENRY MANCINI, HERBIE MANN
  • BUDDY DEFRANCO, MEL TORME
  • BUD SHANK, JOHN ABERCROMBIE
  • STEVE ALLEN, LAINIE KAZAN
  • JOHN PATITUCCI, BUDDY RICH
  • JOE LABARBERA, DIAHANN CARROLL
  • ZOOT SIMS, BUDDY DEFRANCO
  • JOE WILLIAMS and RUSSELL MALONE

Do you love Jazz piano music like I do? Ted is awesome!

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