Astrid is administrative lead here at Wells Pianos. She has a background in music and computer programming. Astrid works closely with suppliers and customers alike, and plays an important role in core of our operation. Astrid enjoys game night with friends, moderating an online forum, and playing the piano.
About Wells Pianos
Wells Pianos has new and used grand and upright pianos by Steinway, Bosendorfer, Yamaha, Kawai, Seiler, and more. We have the finest selection of new, used and rebuilt pianos in the Twin Cities area at our location in St. Paul. We opened Wells Pianos in 2009-- the first new retail piano store in the area in decades. We specialize in rebuilding Steinway pianos. Our rebuilt pianos are crafted with an unsurpassed commitment to performance optimization and customer satisfaction. We are known for beautiful soundboards and bridges, as well as top-notch action and finishing work. Our rebuilding expertise extends to the preparation of our new pianos. The same care and time that goes into the final preparation of our rebuilt pianos goes into our new pianos as well.
We contribute to the academic and institutional community at large by donating, supporting in-kind and organizing for groups such as the Saint Paul Public Schools, The Landmark Center , Walker West School, Creative Arts Secondary School, The Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Jazz Central, Piano Fun Competition, The Museum of Russian Art, LOFT Concert Series, Park Square Theater, The New Standards, The City Of Saint Paul, The Jungle Theater, Purple Philanthropy, Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project, Saint Paul Civic Symphony, The Czech/Slovak Sokol, Saint Paul Conservatory Fundraiser, Bethel Seminary, Nova Classical Academy, Saint Paul College, Metro State University, Lowertown Roots Music Festival, and many more.
Sigurd is an active member of the Piano Technicians Guild, a rebuilder with decades of experience, a teacher and mentor, and a valued colleague with whom I have worked for 17 years.
Kieran is the owner of Wells Pianos. A native of the Twin Cities, he worked in the piano business for 20 years and managed other shops until he opened Wells Pianos in 2009. Kieran chairs the annual Chopin Celebration Concert at the TCPF, sits on the board of the Macalester-Groveland Community Council, is a member of the District Council Transportation Committee and is on the board of the MN Jazz Hall of Fame. Kieran lives with his family in Saint Paul and enjoys getting out with them as much as he can.
Robert Linton is an expert action technician and piano rebuilder. He does what is referred to in the industry as ‘belly work’, meaning that he makes soundboards, carved bridges, and fits pin blocks; he works on the ‘belly’ of the piano—the core of the piano’s soul and personality. Robert was employed by Steinway at Steinway Hall in NYC, and later moved to Minnesota to marry his wife Sarah. As a touring technician, his concert work took him to major venues where he worked with many renowned performers.
Rod is our lead finisher. He has taught at the National Institute of Wood Finishing and worked at Fresh Air Finishers, where he worked on the Senate chambers at the MN State Capitol, the St. Paul Union Depot and other landmarks. Rod has worked at the Smithsonian and is an expert in historical preservation and proper finishing practice. He lives with his wife here in the Twin Cities, and golfs when he gets the chance.
Leo has been a music fan for his whole life. He currently plays guitar and sings in a local country band, Life Without Parole. Leo is an avid cyclist and had a 20 year career in higher education before he decided to devote more of his time to being a father.
Lisa Fox is a finishing perfectionist. She worked with Rod on the projects at the State Capital, and has done a lot of historical preservation, as well as production work. She is a very talented finisher. Lisa lives not far from the piano store here in the Twin Cities with her husband, and is an avid yoga enthusiast.
Jeff Saarela has been a technician for over 30 years and specializes in Steinway concert preparation work. He is a piano action expert and specializes at optimizing a piano's action for performance. Jeff is the technician for Minnesota’s very own Osmo Vänskä, conductor of the MN Orchestra. Jeff lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and family, and enjoys sailing.
Angelika is an admin and sales person at Wells Pianos. She holds a MM in piano performance from the Odessa Conservatory Of Music, a cultural cornerstone of our western musical heritage. She lives here in the Twin Cities with her husband and daughter.
Sam is a piano technician by trade. He has extensive experience in dealer prep of new pianos, and general rebuilding. Sam has a background in the USAF as an engineer. He lives in Minneapolis, and enjoys time with his daughter, and playing in his band.
Joel lives in Minneapolis and, until he was hired here, was a luthier by profession. I have never seen the quality of his inlay or intarsia exceeded. Joel got going immediately on fitting and making new pin blocks, surgically grafting soundboards, and stringing. His overall shop skills are fantastic, and his pianos can be found in prominent concert venues and professionals’ homes. As our colleague Leonard Shapiro, puts it, “Joel is the real deal”.
Beth Combs is an action technician with many years of experience. She lives in the Minneapolis / Saint Paul area and works at our piano store. Beth’s talents in liturgical music are also in demand, and she is also very involved in the choir at Nativity Of Our Lord church here in Saint Paul. Beth lives with her family here in the TC, and enjoys tennis.
As a school teacher and private piano instructor of 50 years, Dave Carlson is tuned in to the needs of piano teachers and people in institutional communities in MN. Dave lives here with his family in the the Twin Cities, and used to enjoy golf when he got the chance. Dave has been in the piano business for over 30 years. Recently Dave lost some mobility due to cancer. The government will not allow him to work part time without losing benefits. We are doing what we can to work through the labyrinth of red tape and bureaucratic 'not my job' nonsense at all levels. It means a lot to Dave to be here and a lot to us to have him; people with his skill set and experience cannot simply be replaced. Please write your senator in support of Mr. Carlson.