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.
John Gould - Piano Sales
John Gould, Piano Sales at Piano Distributors.
I started with accordion when I was 7 and have been playing piano and organ since I was 15. When folks ask me what I do, I reply, "I help people connect with their Musical Dreams!"
Our Atlanta Teachers
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.
Susan O'Leary received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Mercer University in l983. She also did Undergraduate study at Florida State University School of Music, where she studied piano, violin, and composition. She played first violin in the University Symphony, as well. She has taught piano privately since l982 in the Lenox/Buckhead area and has also taught at The Heiskell School and Camp Wieuca, offering private instruction in piano in the Afterschool Program. Susan welcomesboth children and adults to her studio. Susan has also performed in Atlanta's leading restaurants, private country clubs, and hotels as pianist for many years. She plays pop music for parties and special events. Susan began piano study at age 5 with her mother Betty Folger, also a professional pianist and teacher, and it has been her lifelong passion. She enjoys sharing her gift of music with her students and teaching them to play.
Yamaha Trained Tuner Technician
Jeff Gatto has been servicing pianos in the Atlanta Metro area since 2002. Atlanta, Vinings, Smyrna, Mableton, Marietta, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Kennesaw, Alpharetta, Milton, Woodstock and more......
Read more about Jeff on his website: https://www.gattopiano.com/