Purchasing a piano can be an overwhelming experience. Darryl Fabiani, the owner of D&S Pianos, will guide customers into making the right selection as the authorized Yamaha dealer for London and surrounding area. New customers and former patrons can both rely on Darryl’s wisdom and expertise, from the first transaction to ongoing piano servicing, and are assured an overall positive, memorable, and rewarding experience.
Darryl’s experience in music started with private piano lessons at age seven, and continued with added percussion lessons in high school. He balanced his love of music with a passion for sports through his upbringing, and played football for the UWO Mustangs while completing his Bachelor of Music through the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 2001. The following year, he stayed at Western to continue his studies in the Piano Technology program. After graduating with Honours in 2002 from the program, Darryl was drafted to the CFL, but decided to realize his dream of owning his own music business when his football career was short, partnering with Steve Grega in what is now D&S Pianos.
Darryl advocates for the importance of music education and instilling the love of music in children; he strongly believes that community involvement is vital in supporting young people to achieve their musical dreams. In collaboration with The Aeolian, he spearheaded “88 Keys to Inspiration", a program which provides quality used pianos to families who could not otherwise afford them. Darryl is also a community partner of El Sistema Aeolian in London, an after-school program designed to nurture and promote musical potential by offering free music lessons to children and youth in the community.
Outside of his busy schedule balancing D&S Pianos and his community involvement, Darryl looks forward to spending time with his wife Sonia and their two children, Ethan and Eliana; two future D&S pianists!
Steve Grega was a dedicated staff member at the University of Western Ontario as Tuner/Technician for 22 years. During that time he maintained the concert grand pianos, performance and classroom pianos within the Faculty of Music.
Raised in a home with a musical family, Laura Mercey-Bilotta was always surrounded by music, which strongly influenced her decision to pursue music in her studies and eventual career.
Laura’s musical journey started at the young age of four with piano lessons, and she soon branched out into trumpet lessons as well. Following her passion to continue with music in her post-secondary studies, Laura pursued a degree in jazz trumpet performance at Humber College/ Thompson Rivers University, graduating with Honours in 2009. After graduation, Laura went on to study piano technology through the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology, and she had the opportunity to complete her subsequent apprenticeship under the direction of Darryl and Steve at D&S Pianos.
D&S Pianos is pleased and proud that Laura continues her musical career with the company, administering her talents in sales, tuning and technical services.
In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband Frank, her son Ben, and her dog Blue, as well as playing ringette and ball hockey.