Pianos that are generously donated to the Kenya Piano Project are shipped to Nairobi, Kenya, Africa, where they provide a livelihood for those who restore them there, including some who are learning these restoration skills. Once restored, these pianos are then made available for purchase in the community. All of the proceeds from this project stay in Kenya, going toward developing the infrastructure to maintain this as an ongoing viable venture. These special pianos not only provide employment opportunities for Kenyans, but also for fellow musicians who play professionally and/or teach piano. Because of these donations, these pianos will find a new and cherished home with musicians, students and music lovers, who will continue to enjoy the gift of music from these pianos for years to come.
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The Kenya Piano Project is a joint venture created by Patrick Muraya of Nairobi, Kenya, and Kenn Wildes of Seattle, Washington. Kenn Wildesí ties to Kenya began in 1991 when he traveled to Africa to pursue and train for a running career. While living there, he utilized his experience as a piano tuner and restoration technician and started a piano business. He met a man by the name of Patrick Muraya who showed a keen interest in apprenticing. Under Kennís guidance, Patrick honed his skills and became a talented piano technician. Over the years, the piano business grew and additional staff was needed. The joint efforts of two became a team of many.
After five years of living in Africa and building a successful piano business, Kenn returned to the United States and Patrick became the new owner of the business. With Kennís continued support , the company continues to supply Kenya with it's only source of special restored pianos.