David Farkas, Sales Manager
Call: (858) 586-7000 Ext. 109
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With over 25 years of experience in sales and customer service, David found his true calling in the world of pianos and music-making! He works incredibly hard behind the scenes, helping our clients, working closely with teachers, solving problems, and setting up special events such as concerts and music workshops. David knows his pianos, and just as importantly, knows how to treat people with professional courtesy and respect. His customers tell us that they feel comfortable with him right away, and he sincerely wants to answer their questions and give helpful advice rather than pressure them for a quick sale. David is an enthusiastic golfer and karaoke singer, and plays a mean blues riff on the piano. If you’re thinking of dining out, ask David for a tip – he and his wife just may have sampled almost every restaurant in San Diego!
Ken Schoenwetter, Sales
Call: (858) 586-7000 Ext. 119
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Suburban dad, cycling enthusiast, and passionate music-lover Ken Schoenwetter has been with Greene Music for over 11 years. Ken truly loves selling pianos, and has enjoyed working in the piano industry over 29 years. Sometimes his colleagues and customers call him “The Professor” or “The Encyclopedia” of pianos. Ken has received factory training at Steinway & Sons in New York and Yamaha Corp. in Japan, and routinely makes successful presentations to engineers, scientists, physicians, attorneys, CEO’s, money managers, and other professionals who want useful information rather than a sales pitch. A lifelong piano enthusiast since age 7, Ken currently studies jazz piano with Jay Jay Lim, teaches private lessons himself, and plays cocktail music for private parties, charity and corporate events all over San Diego. Ken has a reputation for treating his customers with a professional but personal touch, based on respect for their needs and a mutual love of music. Bring a favorite song to request, and see if you can stump him! You can hear examples of Ken’s playing here. Ken’s teaching page here.
Call: (858) 586-7000 Ext. 106
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Noel has been involved with music for most of his entire life. After studying both the violin and the piano as a youngster, Noel realized he loved music, and that he wanted to be in music as a career. Fast forward to college, when Noel graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Music degree, with Honors. After graduation, Noel performed violin, and taught violin and piano, and also conducted two orchestras. A little later, Noel became involved in the music business, learning to sell pianos and organs. Because of his passion for music, selling musical instruments has always come easy for him. Noel has been in the piano business for more than 30 years, and has sold nearly 5,000 pianos in his career! Because of his gentle style and his passionate love for music, people are drawn to purchase pianos from Noel. He enjoys posting cutting edge information about pianos on his piano blog: www.NoelsPianoBlog.com. Noel has a large family, including six children and ten grandchildren!
Julia Swanson, Sales, Institutional Sales, Concert & Event Rentals
Call: (858) 586-7000 Ext. 100
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Julia began her piano studies at the age of 6 at the Specialized Music School for the Gifted in Russia. In the class of a former student of the renowned pedagogue Alexander Goldenweiser, Julia took the title of the Laureate of Young Pianist Competition at the age of 12. She holds a Masters degree in Piano Pedagogy and Piano performance. Julia has been bringing her professional knowledge and experience to the piano industry since 1994. She won multiple awards for outstanding sales performance and customer satisfaction from several piano manufactures.
Julia is devoted to developing a meaningful partnership with the institutions and organizations in our community, including houses of worship, Universities, colleges, private schools, concert venues, etc. She enjoys bringing her expertise to assist the educators, performers, administrators, pastors, restaurant owners, and hotels on making the right decision about their piano services, maintenance, trade-ins or upgrades. Expertise includes technical services, inventory analysis, educational programs, piano replacement, and concert and artist services.
Martin Figueroa, Delivery and Service Manager
Martin has over 30 years of experience in piano moving and 5 years of experience in polyester repair and Steinway refinishing. He has expanded and improved his skills by continually attending workshops and seminars. He has been professionally trained in Steinway refinishing, polyester repair, and has attended the Mohawk Finishing School.
Russell Berkley, Registered Piano Technician
Call: (858) 488-5810
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Russell gained interest in the mechanical aspects of the piano and keyboard at a young age. Russell is a Registered Piano Technician and has been trained by Yamaha and Steinway & Sons. He is also an active member of the Piano Technician’s Guild. For over 30 years, Russell has been servicing pianos throughout California (www.berkleypiano.com). He specializes in piano tuning, repair, restoration, rebuilding, refinishing and player piano system installation. Some of his most notable clients include Bette Midler, Ben Folds, David Benoit, Giovanni, Norah Jones and the Vienna Philharmonic.
Sabra Berkley, Registered Piano Technician
Call: (858) 488-5810
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While growing up, Sabra watched her father, well known technician and rebuilder Russell Berkley work on pianos. After spending time in his shop together, she quickly developed a passion for pianos and began helping out with cleaning and tearing down pianos that were ready to be rebuilt. After high school, Sabra moved to Illinois to pursue her passion in music and went on to complete training at The Chicago School of Piano Technology. Sabra is now a Registered Piano Technician and continues to strive for success in her father’s footsteps (www.berkleypiano.com).
Mike Greene Jr., Piano Technician
Call: (619) 992-3939
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Mike Greene, Jr. is a third generation music industry specialist. As the son of owner Michael Greene, Mike Jr. spent his school vacations at Greene Music having the good fortune to learn all of the different facets of the music business, from riding along on the delivery truck to taking lessons at the Yamaha School. Mike has a strong background and expertise in mechanical training; he spent two years in Phoenix becoming certified in repair. After returning to San Diego, Mike used this training and his affinity for the music business while studying under many different piano technicians. Mike fine-tuned his technical skills by graduating from Yamaha’s Little Red School House. He is Steinway & Sons factory trained, a factory-trained Yamaha Disklavier technician, a trained PianoDisc technician and installation specialist, and a qualified Dampp-Chaser and Piano Saver System installation technician. Mike continues to advance his knowledge through ongoing classes and training programs. He is an active member of the Piano Technician’s Guild, serving as the Treasurer of the San Diego County Chapter. Mike is Greene Music’s lead road technician for in-home service, tuning, repair, and regulation. In addition to in-home tunings for private clients, Mike also services commercial clients including the Hotel Del Coronado, Ronald McDonald House, UCSD Thornton Hospital, the La Jolla Grand, the La Jolla Hyatt, and numerous others. Mike serves all of San Diego County, including Borego Springs and El Centro, servicing all major brands, makes and models.
Philip ‘Jay Jay’ Lim, School Manager and Teacher
Call: (858) 621-2230
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Jay Jay has been with Greene music for over ten years. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S., received his B.M. in Music Therapy from the Berklee College of Music, and graduated with a M.M. in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University. In addition to teaching at the Greene Music Education Center, he teaches Piano I and Intro to Music at Grossmont College and is also the music director for Park Hill United Methodist Church. As a music therapist, Jay Jay has facilitated music therapy groups at various residential and assisted living centers throughout San Diego County. You can find Jay Jay performing as a jazz pianist all around San Diego.