Marco De Lellis

Marco De Lellis has learned the craft of piano restoration while apprenticing in several prestigious European workshops. Prior to his extensive apprenticeship, he has devoted himself to visual and musical arts, including painting, sculpture, studying piano, violin, French horn, Gregorian chant and lyric tenor studies.
He later became a member of the National Academy of St. Cecilia choir as well as
a performing pianist for numerous musical groups.

In the next few years, while living in Rome, Italy, Marco had learned various techniques of piano restoration from old master craftsmen. These techniques included the use of materials and parts as well as the knowledge of woods, including hands-on experience on important pianos and antique furniture.  As time went on, Marco has learned the art of piano tuning as well as action regulation and has eventually graduated from an apprentice position to become a certified master restorer himself.  His further interests also included various other keyboard instruments, such as harpsichords, clavichords, harmoniums and organs. During this practical study extensive period, he supplemented his knowledge by library research on antique instruments as well as fine furniture restoration.

After several years of working for other master-restorers, Marco had opened his own workshop in Rome. He has since worked on various antique and modern instruments including Steinways, Bosendorfers, Bechsteins, Faziolis and other fine modern European pianos. He also spent time working on antique instruments including square pianos, fortepianos and organs. He has developed a following among some of the finest European galleries and private clientele. He has crafted replicas of important, antique fortepianos for museums and art galleries.

In 2001 Marco De Lellis decided to move to the U.S. Since his arrival, he has worked for other piano rebuilders to understand the U.S. market of piano restoration.  After a short while he had decided to open up his own restoration workshop in New York City’s Astoria section in Queens  where he remains until this day. His vast knowledge of craft allows him to compete with some of the finest piano rebuilders in the U.S.  His area of expertise lies in every aspect of piano restoration including soundboard and pinblock replacement, action replacement including regulation and voicing, case repairs, refinishing and antique piano restoration.  No matter what kind of structural woodwork or metal repair your project may require, no matter how complex it is, Marco is truly one of the very few craftsmen, fully capable of job being well done. 

His business, The Piano Workshop specializes in every aspect of rare art of furniture and piano restoration, including manufacture of missing parts and carvings, manufacture of bass strings, replacement of legal ivories, cracked cast iron plate repairs, installation of modern PianoDisc systems and other services too numerous to mention. His refinishing is second to none. He offers wide range of high quality natural wood color or ebony black finishes in various sheens.  Marco can also offer a rare skill of Old World french polishing and gilding,  services which are so hard to find in the U.S. nowadays.  His service department is well equipped to service your piano tuning needs and provide you with estimates.

Marco DeLellis, Registered Piano Technician, member PTG, AIARP and EUROPIANO

Leopold Holder
Marco De Lellis
Resume of Leopold Holder - President N.Y.Piano Center, Inc
  1. Studied piano at a music conservatory in Europe, throughout my youth.
  2. Studied physics at New York University and piano technology at the affiliated
    Manhattan School of Music (1971-73).
  3. Thoroughly trained in piano technology at Boston's North Bennett Street Industrial School under William Garlick and David Betts (1975-76).
  4. Certified as an expert piano technician by the Baldwin Piano Company (1976).
  5. Resident Technician at the Third Street Music School (America's oldest) 1976-79; taught a course in Piano Maintenance to musicians at same institution (1978).
  6. Musically prepared the Alma Tadema piano for auction at Sotheby's, which sold for
    $ 400,000.00, highest price ever paid for a piano at auction (1979).
  7. Vice President of The Piano Technician's Guild, New York City Chapter (1981-83).
  8. President of The Piano Technician's Guild, New York City Chapter (1983-1985).
  9. Opened New York Piano Center, Inc. in Midtown Manhattan (1985-2002).
  10. Expanded New York Piano Center, Inc. to a 13,000 sq. ft. industrial space in Chelsea, rebuilding pianos for clients ranging from France to Chicago (1992) Exhibited rebuilt pianos at a piano show in Blois, France (1993);  In the course of business for over twenty years NY Piano Center, Inc. had specialized in soundboard replacement and became one of the most prominent and reliable piano rebuilders in the U.S. serving needs of some of the finest and most well known piano dealerships such as Jacobs Music of Philadelphia, Artists’ Piano and Pro Piano of NYC, Steinert Piano of Boston, Richmond Piano of Richmond, VA and others.
  11. Some of my distinguished clients over the years: Gary Graffman, Eugene Istomin, Renata Scotto,
    Marvin Hamlisch, Diane Sawyer, Eartha Kitt, Linda Lavin, Tovah Feldshuh, The Rainbow Room,
    Maestro Rescigno, Peter Schaefer, Mary Travers, Lorne Michaels, Ballstate University, Metropolitan Opera, Windows on the World, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Harlem Dance Company, Cooper Union, Carnegie Museum, Cirque du Soleil, Mr. Holland’s Opus, and numerous others.
  12. Publicized in The New York Times, 1991 and 1992 (Where To Find It), and in New York Magazine May 92 (again New York Magazine 1994); Forbes Magazine Feb.1995; N.Y.Times Jan.1996; Newsday Feb. 96 (again New York Magazine 1996); Time Out N.Y. Mar 96; Wall Street Journal and Business Week in 1998.
  13. Interviewed by Fox Style News WNYW TV ch5, Eyewitness News WABC ch 7 - December 1995.
    NY 1 News - Jan 1996 and News 4 New York - NBC Mar 1996; CBS and CNN in 2001.
  14. Member of Piano Technicians Guild, American Musical Instruments Society, Appraisers Association of America.
  15. Featured in a book published in 2004 by Towery Publishing “New York Metropolis of American Dream”.
  16. Lectured at Piano Technicians Guild in Philadelphia in 2006 and New York City in 2007.
  17. Worked closely with NYC Bechstein dealership throughout 2008 servicing warranty claims.
  18. As of April 2009 working closely with Marco DeLellis renowned European piano restorer.
  19. As of 2008 on the reference list of highly recommended Piano Restorers/Appraisers at Sotheby’s.