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Life & Work with Chaz Feizipour

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chaz Feizipour.

Chaz, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I began playing the piano at age five. I was obsessed and took off quickly! Through my pre-teen years, I became more interested in computers and became everyone’s “go-to” for those never ending computer questions. My father is a computer engineer and I naturally fell into that path…swapping language courses for programming courses to expedite my degree in Computer Science. As most of us do, my personality & interests shifted greatly during my teen years. After two years of pre-requisites, I started my Bachelor’s Program at UMBC for Computer Science and finally accepted what I had known in my heart for many years; this was NOT for me. I planned to take a gap year and go back for something more interesting (i.e., graphic design).

During that gap year, I enrolled in a school for piano technicians and increased my share in community volunteer work. I spent endless hours rebuilding pianos with a longtime guru and began making connections in the field. After I finished my schooling, another longtime piano technician (and friend) in the area told me that if I could get some experience under my belt, he would be interested in having me join his team. After a slow start, that finally happened and I was officially on the road. I have built my own business & clientele from scratch and it’s gratefully keeping me busier than ever! I still subcontract for that original company I mentioned earlier. We are currently in the process of transferring ownership. Once that transfer is complete, I’ll merge the companies all under one roof and have one big happy client family.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
While I’m surprised at how naturally everything fell into place, it wasn’t without much effort & struggle. In the beginning, I seriously wondered if investing all of the time into this craft would pay off… Would there even be enough business? Would I be able to support a family in the future? Once things took hold, new difficulties presented themselves. Having “control” of your own schedule is a blessing and a curse! The hardest (and least favorite) part of my job is scheduling. There are weeks where I am coordinating schedules with upwards of 30 clients. Needless to say, with everyone’s busy schedules, it can be a challenge trying to make it all work. I’ll take a moment now to say a huge thank you to all of my faithful clients who keep their pre-booked appointments! This is one thing that eliminates a large portion of stress, making my job so much easier. Thank you!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I was able to study privately with several of the area’s most prominent pianists & musicians. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to play with orchestras, concert bands and jazz groups. One of the highlights was performing in one of the most prestigious venues in Europe, the Montreux Jazz Festival! I offer accompaniment services for auditions, competitions & performances. I also play for cocktail hours and private events (mostly for my clients).

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
Most people think that the piano industry is dying. I personally have found the opposite. My generation (millennials) seem to have a keen interest in not only resurrecting their childhood pianos but passing on those fond memories onto their children. In our area at least, most parents want their child to learn to play the piano. The ability to play an instrument provides an emotional outlet that tremendously improves mental health. With the rise in mental health awareness, I don’t see instruments going anywhere anytime soon. I feel very grateful to have found a stable career that allows me to pursue my own passions while helping others pursue theirs.

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