Death of Glenn Gould’s blind piano tunermain
The Glenn Gould Foundation mourns the passing of Verne Edquist, Glenn Gould’s long-time piano technician.
Born blind in Saskatchewan, Verne received vocational training at the Ontario School for the Blind and started work as a teenager in Toronto piano factories.
He tuned pianos for Gina Bachauer, Emil Gilels and Victor Borge, but turned down Gould at first because Gould was notorious for firing his Steinway technicians and tuners. Eventually they worked together as friends for 20 years.