Willem Van Suijdam | founder
Willem is a concert pianist and organist as well as a conductor. He studied classical organ, conducting and piano at the Royal Conservatory in Zwolle (Netherlands) from 1974 to 1979, after that he studied jazz and theatre organ at the Royal Conservatories of Hilversum and Alkmaar (both Netherlands) between 1979 and 1981 and finally Willem van Suijdam studied Bach interpretation between 1981 and 1986 in Paris (France) under world-renowned organist Jean Guillou. If you want to see Willem play the organ, please go to www.willemvansuijdam.com
Willem van Suijdam is also the principal founder of the Liberation Choir in Canada and served as their conductor for 15 years. The Liberation Choir was one of Canada's premier choirs, in its glory days it had over 200 members, performed dozens of sold out concerts in Europe and Canada as well as the USA, Willem directed 3 sold out concerts in Hamilton Place with symphony orchestra, made TV specials for 100 Huntley Street and performed several concerts with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, which Willem van Suijdam directed in combination with Simon Irving. The choir made 4 very successful European tours. Willem was just added to Wikipedia, please follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willem_Van_Suijdam
In 1995 Willem had the honour to be chosen for the Arts Acclaim Award for the city of Brampton where he resided at the time. After immigrating to Canada from the Netherlands in 1986, Willem founded his first organ store in 1989. He advises organ committees, sells pipe organs as well as digital organs and with his combination of business and knowing quality and value, he opened up a piano store called Pianohouse Burlington Inc. and owned it until 2009. It flourished under his skillful leadership just like Ontariopianos Inc. does now. He also imports pipe organs and Content digital organs for www.organs.ca. Ontariopianos Inc. specializes in the complete remanufacturing of Steinway & Sons, Bosendorfer, Bechstein and other fine pianos. You can contact him at 905.625.1616 (greater Toronto) or toll free at 855.625.1616 or firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
Michael Ierullo | co-founder
Concert Piano Tuner / Technician, Michael has been plying his craft in Toronto and internationally since 1998 and has gone on to become one of the top concert tuner / technicians. His former and present client list contains some of the world's top classical & jazz performers of the music industry in Canada and Internationally.
After taking up the piano at the age of 4, Michael went on to finishing his ARCT in piano performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. After 13 years of teaching and playing professionally, Michael went on to continue his studies at George Brown College, in their piano technology program. During and after his college training, Michael furthered his studies with one of the world's top concert piano tuner / technicians.
Michael E. Jones | sales manager
Michael is, just like Willem and Michael Ierullo, classically trained in piano and has an ear for music, which helps in directing the music school offering students a well rounded musical experience, making sure that every teacher has the right mind set to make music fun but still have the proper theory and technical training. Our music school the Mississauga Conservatory of Music is also a focus for Michael. He is making our music school well known and creates excellence and trying to produce great musicians, music teachers and even students that wish to pursue a life long dream to learn a musical instrument.
We are excited to have Michael Jones at Ontario Pianos and our Music School Mississauga Conservatory of Music. Michael has been in retail sales for over 25 years as a salesman, manager and owner of music stores. Willem and Michael worked together for many years and grew very close over that time, so the idea of re-kindling the team that worked so well together was no question for Michael. Michael is a well rounded sales person, his knowledge of pianos as well as his capable demonstrating of the instruments makes customers feel they can make a good choice and customers feel very comfortable about that.