Classic Pianos at The Eugene Piano Academy
I am happy to announce our partnership with The Eugene Piano Academy. Susane Reis, and her outstanding teaching staff, have earned high marks from music educators and parents in their pursuit of music education and contribution to the community.
As president and owner of Classic Pianos, LLC, I pledge my family's continuing support of music education, marketing, sales, and customer service as we proudly bring shipments of YAMAHA pianos directly to the greater Eugene market -- now available at The Eugene Piano Academy.
Choose from our entire inventory of beginner pianos – up to Premium Grand Pianos by Yamaha and Bösendorfer – in every price range, and for any piano need, during our Celebration Sale."
– Maurice ("Moe") Unis
- Direct institutional discounts during our celebration.
- World's most popular piano brand names available.
- Beginners to advanced artists can select from our entire Classic Pianos inventory.
- Silent, and AvantGrand "hybrid" instruments.
- Used Steinway & Sons pianos.
507 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97401
Hours of Operation:
By appointment only
Please fill out this form with any question about new or used pianos, special sale events, or write your own comments about Classic Pianos, and we will respond as soon as possible.
Lifetime Trade-Up Policy
All of our new & used pianos come with our Five-Star Lifetime Trade-Up Policy.
About Eugene Piano Academy
"The Academy has been a dream, born out of years of research in the study of teaching and playing the piano. The dream stems from my beginning years in piano lessons and my struggles as I realized that much was missing from my initial training when I entered college. I took time to find myself as a pianist when I entered the academic study of music, discovering an expanded world of creativity as I traveled coast-to-coast with a touring musical group.
In my travels I was immersed in the creative aspect of writing and arranging music, as well as performing. In addition to helping my students develop proficient technical skills (pedagogy,) I strive to inspire them to create sounds and moods at the keyboard that expand their creativity (composition.)
My joy in locating in Eugene gave me the opportunity of studying with some of America's finest professors, and networking with recognized international pianists and master teachers. Thanks to the support of my mentors, both during graduate and undergraduate studies, I have found the confidence to make my dream of teaching and inspiring young musicians a reality.
– Susane Reis, Director
"Susane Reis is a wonderful and dedicated teacher for students of all ages and levels. She carefully guides each student's pianistic development with the appropriate repertoire and technical exercises, allowing the individuality of the student to blossom. Susane is an outstanding role model for her students. We are very fortunate to have Susane join the Eugene community of piano teachers!"
– Dr. Claire Wachter, Associate Professor of Piano/Pedagogy, University of Oregon
"As a teacher, Susane knows how to adapt her teaching materials to capture the interest and bring out the best in each student. Her infectious enthusiasm for music and her diverse musical background make her uniquely qualified to help each student succeed. On top of that, Susane is a fine performer herself and really understands music of many genres on a deep level."
– Dr. Stephen Thomas, Associate Professor of Piano Performance, Brigham Young University - Idaho
"Susane is a wonderful teacher: rigorous, loving, and full of humor. Our daughter Luzia (9) has been with her for 2 years, she has made immense progress, she loves the lessons and she even likes to practice -- all thanks to Susane!"
– Ulrich Mayr, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, University of Oregon
Brief History of Classic Pianos
“My passion was to take pianos and make them great instruments,” says Maurice Unis, describing how he came to start Moe’s Pianos back in the mid-1970s. “I like physical work, so to maneuver a piano through a tough move, bring it back and repair it, and then deliver it and see the pleasure it can bring to a family: it was a good combination.”
In fact, Unis had grown up around pianos. His maternal grandfather, Maurice T. Schuster, a violinist and piano tuner, owned Acme Piano Company in the Sellwood District and had played with the Portland Symphony Society for the 1937 President’s Dedication of Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood. Schuster loved his grandson’s interest in pianos and coached him in the selection and restoration of worthy instruments — especially vintage names of the Golden Age. And for a brief time, Unis’s father had also run a piano shop on SE Belmont when he was just out of law school...before following his destiny as lawyer and judge...ultimately retiring from the Oregon Supreme Court as The Honorable Richard L. Unis.
Moe’s Pianos became Portland’s most recognized name in piano sales and service in the 1980s, and Unis was often consulted by piano retailers from all across the country who wanted his expertise. Unis always claimed...about Moe’s back then and about Classic Pianos today... that there really is no secret: just give the buyer the widest possible choice, devote yourself to customer service, and be happy to take the same piano back on a trade-up — no matter how many years down the line.
In 1989 Unis sold Moe’s to Sherman & Clay and stayed on as general manager for six years before organizing Forte Marketing Group, a national company that produces event sales for major dealers and piano manufacturers across America. Meanwhile, a fourth generation — Brian, Aaron, and Taylor — began taking a serious interest. From childhood, they’d watched their father disassemble, clean, repair and refinish pianos — in the shop, the family garage, and even in the living room. They, too, were hooked.
Classic Pianos Today
Four Generations in the Piano Business
In 2001 Maurice Unis and his eldest son, Brian, opened Classic Pianos - next to the Aladdin Theater - at 3003 SE Milwaukie Avenue in a historic building that had earlier housed a violin maker. As soon as the shop was established, there grew up around Classic a very diverse community of piano-related businesses ― craftsmen and technicians dedicated to the restoration of fine old instruments, a piano moving company, and piano teachers working out of studios that had once been part of The French School.
During the past 15 years, Classic Pianos has grown to international recognition and respect from top-tier piano manufacturers (Top Dealer Awards) and from world-renowned concert pianists and master teachers (Testimonials)
“Dear Friends of Classic Pianos: It was a joy to return to vibrant Portland again, following my earlier concert appearance there for Portland Piano International. Your masterful approach to tuning, voicing, regulating, and restoring heirloom grands recalls another bygone era of the Golden Age of Pianos. Your artistic vision is a model of inspiration for the piano connoisseur, virtuoso, student and teacher alike. Bravo!”
– Eric Himy, Concert Pianist
[Mr. Himy is Winner of numerous piano competitions, including the Gold Medal at the 1988 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati; the Kosciuszko Chopin Prize in New York; and top honors in the 1991 Milosz Magin International Competition in Paris. He was invited by the Bernstein family to celebrate the 90th anniversary tribute to Leonard Bernstein in the 2009 gala concert held at the Lukas Foss Music Festival in the Hamptons.]
"If all Maurice Unis did was to sell more pianos than anybody else in Portland ,his contribution to the city’s cultural life would be considerable.”
– Eric Bartels, Portland Tribune
“Thank you, Classic Pianos for your hospitality during my practice sessions in your recital hall for my concert and master class for the Portland Piano International Festival. I was impressed by your state-of-the-art facilities, as well as by the preparation of your superb pianos, and I found your staff to be both knowledgeable and gracious. Bravo!”
– Stuart Isacoff, Pianist / Composer / Writer; Founding Editor, Piano Today magazine
[Author of the highly acclaimed Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization (Knopf/Vintage). Faculty of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music (SUNY), and has given lectures and piano concerts in the U.S. and abroad, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Van Cliburn Piano Institute, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and many others. His piano programs often combine classical repertoire with jazz improvisation, demonstrating the threads that may connect musical works created centuries and continents apart. A winner of the prestigious ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music, Mr. Isacoff is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and many music periodicals. Piano jazz studies were with Sir Roland Hanna.]
Classic Pianos has been a strong supporter of music education and the arts. Partial list includes: Oregon Music Teachers Association, Portland Piano International, The Oregon Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, The Eugene Symphony Association, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Oregon Bach Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Friends of Chamber Music, Classics & Croissants Concert and Master Class Series, Pacific Youth Choir, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and many others.
The company profile and personality of Maurice Unis, and his fourth generation piano family, creates the perfect fit for celebrating his announcement of CLASSIC PIANOS AT THE EUGENE PIANO ACADEMY.