By Kimberly Mack
It’s the weekend of the 86th Academy Awards and despite the rain mercilessly pummeling the city, Hollywood Piano’s Burbank store is busy with customers. The Wall of Fame and original neon sign welcome one and all. The beautiful and vast collection of grand pianos and uprights will make your fingers long to touch the ivory keys, and have you falling in love before you play your first note.
Owned and operated by brother and sister team Glenn Treibitz, president, and Cheryl Fox, vice president, Hollywood Piano has been the premier piano retailer servicing the Los Angeles metropolitan area and the “go-to” piano place in the movie and entertainment industry since 1928.
Hollywood Piano came into fame with their original store at Hollywood and Highland. Their list of clientele and patrons read like a Who’s-Who of Hollywood. Frank Sinatra was a regular customer, as was Jerry Lewis, Walt Disney, and movie mogul Louis B. Meyer. More recent patrons have been Chris Evans, Robert Pattinson, Stevie Wonder, Jay Leno, and Lana Del Rey. The list goes on. The day Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell were photographed putting their handprints in cement at Grauman’s, they paid an impromptu visit to Hollywood Piano. Russell played and Monroe sang. The customers went wild. They’ve also provided pianos and their service to hit shows such as Will & Grace, Desperate Housewives, I Love Lucy, and All in the Family.
Treibitz and Fox’s passion for music and the arts inspires them to be involved in the community. In their quest to further music education, they also work with the Hollywood Arts Council, schools, and non-profits. “We care,” Treibitz says. “And music has always been an important part of our lives.”
Last fall, Treibitz and Fox, a graduate of the Boston Conservatory, launched the Hollywood Piano Academy of Music. It encompasses multiple practice rooms and classrooms. They offer piano lessons for all ages, “Mommy & Me” classes, and piano storytime for toddlers. The academy is also proud to feature the patent-pending Andrew Weitz Miracle Piano Course, teaching students to play after just a few lessons.
Besides the tremendous joy derived from playing the piano, studies have shown a marked improvement in confidence, self esteem, patience, coordination, and higher SAT scores. Treibitz and Fox readily agree there are many health benefits to playing music.
But, what matters most to Treibitz and Fox is building relationships with integrity and professionalism and delivering high-level customer service. Their sales staff is knowledgeable and helpful. First-time piano buyers and renters will be steered in the right direction. “It’s great to be able to set someone up with the right piano,” Fox says.
“We have direct involvement and we’re ‘hands-on’ every day,” Treibitz adds. “There is something for everyone here, and we’re passionate about music. We know what a difference it can make in someone’s life. What can be better than helping someone achieve that?”
Hollywood Piano is located at 323 S. Front St. in Burbank and is open seven days a week.
Visit their website at hollywoodpiano.com.