David Durben


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Lead Piano Service Specialist
Company Name
Yamaha Corporation

David Durben grew up in Fargo, North Dakota where he forged a career as a piano technician. After forming Durben Piano Services, David worked with area schools and churches as well as the local Baldwin dealer to repair and tune their pianos. His passion for the craft led to his involvement with the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) for which he served on the board and as president. The guild was expanding their scope when he was president (1998), especially regarding their training and certification programs, which were very important to David as they helped elevate the role of the piano technician. In 1999, after getting married, he moved to California and went to work for Yamaha. In addition his many roles with the company, David is still able to service pianos for special performances and events, which remains his passion.