“The two pianos that we [Gerald Clayton, Tamir Hendelman and I] played at David Andersen’s Atelier were two of the finest I have ever played, two wonderful Steinways, one a nine footer, and one a seven footer. They were lovingly maintained and voiced, and blended perfectly together, even though each one had its own personality, one a bit more mellow, and one a bit more aggressive. Among the best vintage instruments I have ever played, and comparable to the two handpicked 9 footers I played (not simultaneously!) at the University of Texas at Austin, with my good friend and former Eastman classmate Jeff Hellmer a few years ago.
The venue is also lovely, a paradise garden filled with grass, and evocative plants and sculptures. The late David Abell was there with us, and threw kisses to us as we played—one of the last times I saw him.
This is David Andersen’s labor of love, both for him, and for us. I’m very grateful to him for the fine times we had there, and the lovely instruments we played.
He is a passionate man.”
Thank you, David.
Gerald Clayton, Tamir Hendelman, and Bill Cunliffe