Oliver Esmonde-Whiteʼs career as a piano technician began in 1972 when he decided to set up shop. It so happened that pianos were very popular back then and were rolling off the production lines to meet the demand. Spurned on by a thirst for knowledge, Oliver was drawn to the instrument. To learn the trade, he had to acquire hands-on experience, which meant working as an apprentice with established technicians. This dual pursuit of knowing and learning by doing remains undiminished to this day, and all of his achievement stem from that mindset. Along the way he furthered his quest by making the best of new opportunities offered to him. In the 1980s, for instance, he went to Japan to pursue his technical training at the YAMAHA headquarters, something no other North American had done before him. Never one to stay put, he has expanded his business over time by getting involved in the retail trade, selling instruments first in Montreal, then Laval.
Fast forward to 2013, when he moves his business back to Montreal, this time in the heart of Montrealʼs Mile End district. With new partners he puts together a team of expert technicians and divides his office space into a workshop and a showroom, the latter set up as a concert and recording studio space, the Espace Oliver Jones. Two years later, the company launches its own Esmonde White line of pianos, turning out both uprights models and concert grands of varying lengths. Find out more here, or click on the Sales tab in the personalized services menu for an overview of the companyʼs complete range of products, supplies and services.
Beyond his main occupation, Oliver Esmonde-White is also the instigator and manager of the Piano Cameleons duo, a unit that meshes the talents of two keyboard virtuosos, one classically trained (Matt Herskowitz), the other a credentialed jazz player (John Roney). For more on this musical endeavour, please refer to its website.