Inspired by an unwavering commitment to making dreams reality, Isaac established Arolla Piano Co to realize his vision of an ideal piano service and provide a vehicle for dedicated technicians to develop their craft together in harmony.
Hailing from a family of musicians, scientists and entrepreneurs, Isaac is grateful to serve in a capacity that weaves these threads together in a richly rewarding vocation. He was fortunate to accrue extensive experience via years of servicing pianos throughout the five boroughs of New York City, working with Steinway New York as an authorized field technician, serving in the Piano Technicians Guild, and receiving mentorship from a number of excellent piano technicians and inspiring human beings. Currently, Isaac divides his time between our Tucson and Brooklyn operations, servicing pianos in both locations and offering a mix of remote and on-site training to our team members.
Isaac established himself in the field of piano technology over the course of four years of mentorship with Piano Technician Dr. Eathan Janney, PhD, RPT in the Floating Piano Factory Apprenticeship Program, from which he was the first student to graduate with the official certification of Registered Piano Technician (RPT). This honor and certification is bestowed by the Piano Technician's Guild, a national organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards in piano technology. It is the only official certification available to a piano technician in the US, and is nationally recognized. There are fewer than 2,500 RPTs worldwide.
When not servicing pianos, Isaac further explores the musical universe via music composition and production, providing piano mentorship, and playing live piano/keyboards. Isaac is equal parts idealist and realist, enjoys the beauty and mystery of life, and loves spending quality time with family and friends. He is an Eagle Scout, and holds a B.A. in Music Composition from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.
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Trevor's interest in musical instruments became apparent at an early age. He held a deep fascination for all of the different sounds of the orchestra and started to learn how to play and care for the violin. In a fortuitous relationship with a local music store, he was exposed to instruments from around the world and learned how to repair, maintain, and appreciate them.
His interest in musical instruments continued to grow and manifest into a desire to create and build new instruments. While earning his Master's in Music Composition from Brooklyn College, he studied electronics and electronic musical instruments, becoming intrigued by the idea of instruments that synthesize sound. This led him to start learning about the original synthesizer: the organ. While studying the mechanisms used to produce sound in the organ, he was drawn back into acoustic instruments, particularly the piano and its elegance in creating sound.
Now, Trevor has found himself in another position of learning and appreciation through Arolla Piano Co. where he seeks to master piano care and regulation. He believes that these relationships of technician to piano, mechanism to sound, piano to player, and player to listener, are crucial elements of the music that we make and subsequently to our humanity and legacy.
Evelio Sotolongo is a composer and performer based in New York City. Specializing particularly in music theatre, Evelio has a special affinity for the words and music of George Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, and Leonard Bernstein. He is currently in his senior year at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studies drama and music theatre at the New Studio on Broadway. He is a proud member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), and has had his work presented as part of the NYU Tisch Collab Fest, at Dixon Place, and at Off-Broadway’s Naked Angels Theatre Company.
Evelio first became interested in piano technology as a means of marrying his musical passions with his sincere appreciation for great handiwork. Evelio believes that the art of superior piano craftsmanship represents a certain harmony, both literal and metaphoric — harmony as it refers to sound and vibration and movements of waves through the air, but also harmony between person and instrument. In good hands, Evelio feels that the piano is a reflection, perhaps even an extension, of its player.
In the words of revered jazz pianist Bill Evans, “Art should teach spirituality by showing a person a portion of himself that he would not discover otherwise.” In his work as a piano technician, Evelio strives to facilitate just this kind of self reflection, so that every piano serviced might enable its player toward profound musical revelation.
Trevin has been a musician ever since he can remember, and considers himself a lifelong learner. He began singing and playing piano at a young age, with a particular interest in the music of Beethoven, Scott Joplin, and George Gershwin. He often utilized his piano skills through middle and high school accompanying the choirs he also sang in. He was a part of the 2010 PMEA All State Choir, as well as the 2011 and 2012 TMEA All State choirs.
He attend they University of Texas at San Antonio where he graduated with a B.A. in General Music. During his education he shifted his focus to jazz piano, improvisation, and composition. He gigged regularly throughout the South Texas area with a traditional jazz group called “The Dirty River Dixie Band.” Trevin set himself apart from other pianists by specializing in the “Harlem stride” piano style, a complex and rhythmically driven playing style. This band was featured on KRTU, San Antonio’s jazz radio station and Texas Public Radio, run by NPR. He also released two albums of original music under his own band “Trevin and the Lamanites.” These albums feature jazz, orchestral, chamber and vocal tunes in a variety of styles.
The thread of piano running through his life eventually led him to the field of piano technology. Along with his interest in acoustic piano work, he experiments with repairs and maintenance on electric keyboards including the Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer in his free time.
Joseph is a double and electric bassist based in Brooklyn, NY. Joseph’s musical journey began early in his life with the piano. He then transitioned to the electric bass to play in his friend’s rock band. From then on he knew that music would be an important part of his life.
Joseph holds a B.A. in Music Education from Montclair State University with a concentration in Double Bass. Joseph has forged a successful career in the music industry working as a bassist, traveling all over the globe as a performer including extensive touring across the U.S. and Canada with Disney’s hit Broadway show “Newsies". In New York, Joseph performs with numerous groups and artists in varying genres. These performances include numerous dates at Carnegie Hall, on Broadway and at some of New York City’s most prestigious venues.
While trying to find new ways to grow as an artist and expand his career Joseph found the apprenticeship program with Arolla Piano Co. He is excited to start a new chapter in his musical journey as an aspiring piano technician and thrilled to serve the musical community at large in New York City.
Independent technicians working with Arolla Piano Co on a select basis to support our mission of optimizing the tune, touch and tone of as many pianos as possible via special skill-sets and availability.
Born in the mountains of Colorado, Tracy discovered early on that the joy of peeking inside a piano went beyond its initial utility as a practice break. Fascinated by sounds and the mechanisms that turn them into music, she enthusiastically tinkered with a bevy of instruments, eventually catching the early music bug while studying vocal performance at Catholic University.
She subsequently received an M.M. in Early Music from the Longy School of Music and a D.M.A. in Historical Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University, where she studied with historical tuning expert, Ross Duffin. Tracy brings a genuine curiosity and delighted devotion to each of the instruments that come into her care.
Tracy is a co-founder of the medieval band, Alkemie, with whom she sings and plays harp, symphonia, and percussion, and staff/faculty with the Amherst Early Music Festival. She is also on the advisory board of S’Cool Sounds, an international musical training organization for children who lack access to arts education and a member of the New York Mycological Society.
Gon is a professional musician who moved to New York for his Bachelor of Music studies at Mannes School of Music. His love for music started at the age of 6 when he started taking piano lessons in a conservatory. At the age of 14, he started singing opera: he stopped taking piano lessons, joined a choir, and started touring around the world with them.
Gon's love for opera singing brought him all the way from Tel Aviv, where he was born and raised, to NYC. However, his great love for pianos never waned, and while studying at Mannes with one one of the best voice teachers in the world, Mr. Arthur Levy, Gon started tuning pianos. At first, he worked on his own piano; soon enough, his friends asked him to take care of their pianos as well. Shortly thereafter, Gon became a part-time tuner in NYC.
In 2018, Gon took a course at the New York School of Piano Tuning led by Louis Tasciotti, Head piano tuner and technician at Mannes School of Music. During Tasciotti’s course, Gon discovered the amazing world of piano regulation and voicing. Since then, alongside tuning, Gon spends hours each week repairing, regulating, rebuilding, replacing, and voicing pianos in NYC .
Nothing excites Gon more than taking an old piano that hasn't been regulated, tuned, and voiced in years - and working on it for a few days in order to restore its magic.
A lifelong piano lover with a knack for exploring how things work, Scott's ongoing obsession with the keyboard music of the great composers such as Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin sparked a fascination with piano technology. His enthusiasm for the instrument reached new heights after resonating with the quest for piano perfection recounted in Perri Knize's memoir Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey. Inspired by the passion of the legendary piano technicians described therein, Scott embarked on a rigorous regimen of self-directed piano technical training in 2014 and in 2016 earned the title of Registered Piano Technician (RPT) from the Piano Technicians Guild.
Scott is deeply motivated by a passion for bringing out the best every piano has to offer - he loves nothing more than to see a smile on the face of a satisfied client after a diligent session of piano work.
As our team's second RPT with a wealth of experience, Scott, a natural mentor, focuses on hands-on training with our Junior Technicians, and occasionally performs field service upon special request as he has limited time outside of his piano tech work at Juilliard.
Outside of working on pianos, Scott serves on the board of the NYC Piano Technician's Guild enjoys photography, running, and exploring New York City. Scott has a BS in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University and worked as a software developer for over 20 years before being hired full time at The Juilliard School under renowned piano technician Mario Igrec.