Here’s a bit about Daniel Stabler ........

Since December 2010 Daniel and his wife now permanently reside in Hawkes Bay. He is the exclusive piano technician for the Hawkes Bay Opera House and Music Works, Hastings

He enjoys gardening on his intensive organic and biodynamic patch of land.

Daniel’s work on pianos began in 1968 and has included complete rebuilding of fine instruments, regular tunings and repairs in homes, schools, churches, piano shops and concert tunings for famous soloists. He is an Australasian Registered Piano Technician and member of the Piano Tuners & Technician's Guild NZ.

His interest in music began at an early age with studies in piano, clarinet, and progressing to the bass clarinet, tuba and finally, the double bass, composition and piano technology. He advanced his Double Bass performance and Piano Technology studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy(Michigan USA), and continued on with professional Double Bass performance studies at Juilliard School(New York), Manhattan School of Music(New York) and Northwestern University(Chicago).

Daniel trained for two years in an accredited Piano Technology course with Allen Fisher, PTG at Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan USA and received two additional years of coaching from Thomas Porter, master piano technician for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Northwestern University Music School. He regularly attended Piano Technicians Guild meetings in the USA.

Daniel immigrated from the USA in February 1997 to accept a full time permanent position as a Double Bassist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He spent most of 1997-2010 in Auckland working with the Orchestra, tuning pianos, and as a double bass tutor at Baradene School, Kings College, Rangitoto College, and Aorere College. During this time, he obtained the degrees of BMus, BMus Hons, and MMus with First Class Honours from the University of Waikato. He was also an APO double bass, chamber music and music composition mentor throughout greater Auckland area schools.


Additional performance engagements included the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Bach Musica, 175 East Contemporary Music Ensemble and his own jazz ensemble.

Daniel has now retired from professional music performance and devotes his time to tuning pianos, organic farming and horticulture in the Hawkes Bay region.

Q: A cello player walking the streets of New York asked a stranger:

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

A: The answer was: PRACTICE !!

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