Our clients are the best! One of the best things about being a piano technician is all the wonderful and interesting people we get to meet!


"Just as there are piano players and then there are fine pianists, there are likewise piano tuners and then there are fine piano technicians. A piano tuner tunes the piano, often with a digital device. A great technician has the ear of a true musician. A great technician makes the piano sing to its optimal level, opening artistic pathways for the musician. After Ryan works on my piano, I feel as if it almost plays itself. He opens the instrument up to all of its sonic capabilities. He gets it to SING!"
- Jessica Williams, pianist, composer, and two-time grammy nominee









“Poet of the piano”

Robert Sherman, New York Times





“…a level of polish pianists twice his age would envy”   Rochester NY “Democrat & Chronicle”



"Thank you so much for the magnificent work on the piano. I've never heard it sound/play that well. It was like a different piano...it was spectacular."
- Charlie Albright,
International Award-Winning Concert Artist


  • 2009 Young Concert Artist International Piano Competition
    - First prize
  • 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award
  • 2009 Vendome Prize International Piano Competition
    - Elizabeth Leonskaya Special Award
  • 2009 Top of the World International Piano Competition
    - Semi-finalist (Top 12)
  • 2008 Grand Prix Animato International Piano Competition
    - Semi-Finalist (Top 6)
  • 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition
    - Best Stage I Performance of a Study by Liszt Award
    -Semi-Finalist (Top 12)
  • 2007 Hilton Head International Piano Competition
    - Third Prize
  • 2006 Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition
    - First Prize









At Sherman Clay of Seattle, our relationships with piano technicians are incredibly important. Technicians become an extension of our own relationships with our clients, so we place a huge amount of trust in them. Therefore, we limit the number of technicians that work for us to a small core of top professionals. Ryan Sowers has consistently demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, honesty and integrity. Clients are consistently very pleased with his work, and I feel comfortable recommending him to anyone needing piano service.


Ben Klinger



Sherman Clay of Seattle








I am delighted to recommend Ryan Sowers for any and all service to your piano, from top quality tuning and aesthetic adjustment of tone, to care of the very soul of your instrument! He can spot a good quality, but forgotten vintage piano and refurbish it with a skill matched only by his love for the work and the joy of bringing the instrument to its highest potential. He made it possible for me to own this beautiful, 100 year old Knabe upright grand which he brought to life after a number of years of neglect. I love my piano!

Call him if you need help buying a used or new piano. He has great expertise. His energy for the piano is so contagious, I feel inspired to continue with a higher appreciation for my own musical calling. Ryan is also a charming human being. He recieves my highest recommendation as a craftsman and artist. Ask him to play something for you after he tunes your instrument. As an accomplished pianist, he will fill your home with glorious sound!

Penny Purkerson - Piano Teacher
Olympia, Washington












Dear Ryan,

Thank you so much for all of your great work! We LOVE our piano. Thank you so much for bringing it into our lives.

To a long & musical relationship!

-Erica Lenker, Lenkerbrook Landscaping www.lenkerbrook.com












"Ryan Sowers is always welcome at my house. He combines his skill as a piano technician with good musicianship. For my concerts, he's my first choice of technicians."

Robert Jorgensen, concert pianist, recording artist, and composer
Olympia, WA








Ryan Sowers is that rare piano tuner-technician who is an excellent pianist and is able to translate his sensitivity as a player into the focus for the technical work that he does. He is always learning and adding to his already fine skills as a tuner, voicer, regulator and rebuilder. If ever I couldn't tune/service my own piano, Ryan is one of a very small group of tuner-technicians that I would be totally happy to have work on my piano.

Darrell Fandrich, RPT
Marysville, WA






"Working with Ryan Sowers has been a complete joy. He brings out the full potential of my Yamaha grand piano and keeps it in tip-top shape."

Paul Edwards, Pianist and Teacher
Rochester, WA

Pianova Gets an “A” Grade from Angie’s List!

Taken from Angieslist.org: “Our piano had not been tuned in 40 years. We feared that the bass strings were dead, and that it was untuneable. Ryan vacuumed it thoroughly, taking out the keyboard, loosened the bass strings so they sounded again, and performed what he calls an extreme tuning, essentially tuning it three times. There was also a hammer that needed adjustment so it would hit the proper strings. Throughout the whole procedure, he explained what he was doing and answered all my numerous questions. We wondered about the quality of our piano, a family heirloom, and he was able to evaluate it generally. He obviously loves his work. He obviously loves pianos! I found his company through his website and made arrangements by email. All charges were discussed in advance. I was willing to pay a $30 travel fee for him to come to Tacoma from Olympia. He indicated that it would be possible to reshape the hammers to improve the sound and gave an estimate. This is something we'll definitely trust him with in the future. As a bonus, he plays for you a piece of your choice at the end of the tuning.”



Ryan Sowers restored my baby grand piano that had been pushed aside, now it's a source of pride. Painfully out of tune and a chore to play, it sat in the corner rarely played. Ryan's technical skill, trained ear and his love of playing the piano brought the sound and action back. New keys and strings now make it a pleasure to play. Practicing has become a deeply satisfying experience as beautiful sounds come forth with little effort. My friends play it bringing music into our home. My humble home becomes a concert hall on Sunday afternoons with friends. I recommend Ryan's work and would be glad to answer any questions you may have about his work.

Patricia Holm, Retired State Worker
Olympia, WA




Phone: 360/705-4160