biography


Jesse Moffatt - Calgary, Alberta, Canada

An accomplished keyboard instrument restorer and conservator, Jesse Moffatt began his career restoring pianos at a very early age. His father, Robert, originally trained him in the art of piano technology. Later, Jesse was formally trained by renowned piano historian, technician, and educator Bill Garlick of Steinway & Sons, Dowd Harpsichord, and the North Bennett Street School of Piano Technology in Boston.

Dr. Bob Barclay of the Canadian Conservation Institute and John Watson of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, introduced and educated Jesse in the importance of preservation of historical instruments. Together these specialists and various master rebuilders and conservationists in Europe, mentored Jesse. As a result, Jesse learned the importance of bridging new and old technologies and gained an understanding of the complexity of preserving historical artifacts.

Since 2000, Jesse has been employed at Cantos Music Foundation, where he has restored and conserved some of the world’s rarest and most prized keyboard instruments. Jesse’s fusion of woodcraft, piano technology, knowledge of old-world craftsmanship, design, and art can be found in all of his creations.

Moffatt Pianos work only with instruments from an era of manufacturing that is known for superb quality and exceptional craftsmanship. Our goal is to add artistic components to the piano case in a manner that does not affect the tonal qualities for which the instruments were originally recognized. More than 10,000 parts make up the interior of a grand piano and these are also given much care and attention, resulting in a superb playing musical instrument achieved by the technical skill and artistry of Moffatt Pianos.