Robert Estrin is a champion of music technology and historical instruments with millions of YouTube views which enrich pianists and music lovers worldwide.
He comes from an extended family of musicians. He is a second generation concert pianist. He and his sister, pianist Coren Mino both studied with their father, concert pianist Morton Estrin who also taught Billy Joel as well as countless concert artists and teachers.
Living Pianos is the world’s first online piano store with a showroom open to the public on Main Street in Santa Ana, California.
They offer a large collection of restored, top-tier American and European pianos such as Steinway, Yamaha, Baldwin, Mason & Hamlin, Kawai as well as new pianos.
There is also a collection of historical keyboards Estrin uses in his live performances.
Living Piano: Journey Through Time: Historic Concert Experience grew out of a desire to expose the joys of classical music to a wider audience. In period costumes, Estrin explores the history of the piano in musical performance. He also presents prodigy students in period costumes performing on historical instruments from his collection.
Robert Estrin studied piano and French horn at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, as well as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He also has a degree in piano performance from Indiana University. He owned a recording studio for many years composing and producing albums as well as music for film and television.
Robert’s extended family are almost all musicians. His daughter Jennifer Estrin is a violinist with the Portland Opera as well as the Portland Ballet and performs regularly with the Oregon Symphony. He and his wife, flutist Florence Estrin perform as a duo including Florence Family of Flutes. Florence performs on flutes ranging in size from the piccolo to large flutes rarely heard in concert.
Robert Estrin is a frequent guest artist of many concert series at art centers, colleges, universities, museums, symphony orchestras as well as conventions and Music Teachers’ Associations. His passion for performing the piano and educating people is felt by millions in his live performing as well as his online music lessons.
Florence Estrin has a wide ranging career as a flutist. Her Florence Family of Flutes performances on bass flute, alto flute and piccolo in addition to the standard flute are bringing raves from audiences.
Ms. Estrin has performed in many of the great concert halls including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Her performance of the Ibert Flute Concerto with the 92nd Street Y Orchestra marked her New York solo debut at the age of 19. Ms. Estrin has also performed extensively with orchestras including the Indianapolis Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.
She has enriched the lives of countless musicians with her playing and teaching. She taught at the University of Evansville before moving to Orange County, California.
Shon Levi – Piano Manager
Shon Levi is a music lover with an extensive background in piano as a player as well as a technician. What sets him apart is his willingness to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for pianos to anyone who shares his passion. Shon knows pianos from the inside having replaced pinblocks, restrung pianos, regulation, tuning and more. He also has extensive experience helping individuals and institutions zero in on what instruments will satisfy their needs.
With degrees in Musicology and Philosophy, having the opportunity to discuss pianos and music with Shon can be an enlightening experience. Equally adept at music technology, Shon assisted legendary Decca Records engineer Doug Gleave with various chamber music and orchestral recordings.
Mike Wood – Media and Marketing Manager
Mike has a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University and over a decade of experience in video production and advertising that brings a valuable skill-set to the Living Pianos family.
He is one of the original members of Living Pianos and has worked directly with Robert and Florence for years developing our unique business model. He works directly from the showroom 5 days a week and is happy to share his knowledge of filming and marketing. To see some of Mike’s creative work outside of Living Pianos, please visit: OmikronMedia.com