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ABOUT : OUR STAFF


Unlike most piano retailers, LAFARGUE PIANOS is technician ­owned and run by a staff of musicians, not sales people. With a passion for pianos and music education, we will not recite a sales brochure or pressure you. LAFARGUE PIANOS has won numerous awards over the years, including most recently, YAMAHA MUSIC CORPORATION’s “Outstanding Piano Dealer of the Year Award” for 2015. The award was for sales and marketing successes, our level of personal attention, and our commitment to promoting music, the arts, and music education in our community. Visit us today and see how LAFARGUE PIANOS has earned a great reputation and continues to lead!


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LANCE LAFARGUE, Owner

Lance Lafargue began studying piano tuning and maintenance in the mid 1980′s. After several apprenticeships, study through the Piano Technician’s Guild’s vast technical literature and factory training with both Yamaha and Steinway, Mr. Lafargue has established himself as a skilled technician in all aspects of piano maintenance and restoration He achieved certification early in his career as a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild and has spent the last several years training others in the trade. Some of his apprentices have gone on to become successful technicians and dealers themselves and now three of them currently work with him with a passion for pianos.

In addition to regular tuning and service experience, he has also rebuilt many vintage instruments and kept a busy concert technician schedule. Mr. Lafargue has worked for the major piano competitions in the New Orleans area, hundreds of musicians, teachers and institutions such as the Concert and Artist Division of Steinway and Yamaha, the University of New Orleans, Dillard University, Tulane University, Loyola University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the Saegner Theater, Louisiana Philharmonic, the Contemporary Arts Center, and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society to name a few. Numerous recording artists and performers have sought him for the preparation of instruments for recordings in the New Orleans area and he still travels to New York and California to do service and consulting work.

Because of his complete knowledge of the restoration of the finest pianos, he specializes in achieving optimum touch, tone and action response in every instrument. This knowledge and a desire to help people has led him into the piano retail business.

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BRENDA LAFARGUE, Owner

Brenda Lafargue handles the business office and the sheet music department. She has worked closely with teachers and institutions to develop and build the sheet music department in a way that stocks both variety and depth for several instruments and voice. You will find the department well-organized with an attitude of helpful, friendly service.

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Jonathan Thomas, Sales

Jonathan earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University where he studied Percussion Performance. He plays many other instruments as well, including guitar, clarinet, trumpet and piano. Jonathan is passionate about music education and is excited to be a part of helping others find their own way to experience music.

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AARON RODRIGUEZ, Registered Piano Technician

Aaron is a pianist and began an apprenticeship as a junior in high school and quickly achieved certification as a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild. Aaron is well experienced in all aspects of piano service, Disklavier service and PianoDisc player installation and service. He is also a graduate of Yamaha’s “Little Red Schoolhouse” – Yamaha’s rigorous factory training program.

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A.J. ALLULLI, Registered Piano Technician

While earning his Bachelor’s degree at SLU in Hammond and his Master’s Degree at Loyola New Orleans in Music & Piano Performance, A.J. completed an intense apprenticeship here at LAFARGUE PIANOS, Ltd. and achieved certification as a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild. He is also a graduate of both Yamaha’s “Little Red Schoolhouse” – Yamaha’s rigorous factory training program and Yamaha’s Performance Piano Training program for in-depth concert-level training. A.J. also specializes in electronics such as Yamaha Disklaviers, Clavinovas, keyboards and computer-related needs. With his academic and performance experience, A.J. understands the needs of pianists at every level and has regularly done high-level concert prep for local artists, studios, universities and the LPO. He is well-equipped to serve piano buyers and pianists alike.

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DAVID BRISSON, Registered Piano Technician

David has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Loyola University New Orleans and has several years of experience as a musician in the New Orleans area. With intense training in the LAFARGUE PIANOS, Ltd. workshop, David achieved certification as a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild. He is also a graduate of Yamaha’s “Little Red Schoolhouse” – Yamaha’s rigorous factory training program. David has acquired great skill at doing finish touchup/repair work, restoration work, and piano prep. He has been excellent at helping people find what they need, and his knowledge as a player and performer is a great resource.

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DENIS LAFARGUE, Registered Piano Technician

Denis has grown up in the piano business working part time, but has been working full time now since 2014. He earned his Registered Piano Technician Certification from the Piano Technicians Guild and earned his Bachelors Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Business Management in 2014. He currently specializes in finish work, tuning, repairs, player system installations, and new piano prep. Denis and his wife Elizabeth were married in October 2014 and it has been a joy to have a family member working alongside us.