About Us

Piano Store Serving San Francisco, San Jose, & San Mateo, CA

Located in downtown Burlingame on the San Francisco Peninsula, World Class Pianos offers new & pre-owned acoustic pianos and new digital pianos to the San Francisco Bay Area. With nearly 90 years of combined piano experience, our two-man sales team possesses unique expertise and singular passion for educating customers and facilitating their investment in quality instruments.

Dr. Benjamin Boren

Benjamin Boren is the owner of World Class Pianos, an international performing artist, and a piano teacher.
An Indiana native, Boren holds a DM in Piano from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with the internationally celebrated pianist Andre Watts. He also holds an MM in Piano from Indiana University and a BM in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying with Evelyne Brancart and William Black, respectively. Through attendance at the Music Academy of the West and the Banff Summer Festival, he had the opportunity to study with Jerome Lowenthal and Julian Martin.
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Enharmonic Records released his debut solo CD, Benjamin Boren Plays Carl Vine, in 2012 to critical acclaim, including a rave review from Mr. Vine himself; the disc was also selected by Fanfare’s Phillip Scott as one of his Top 5 Classical CDs of 2012. Boren’s collaborative work can be heard on two Enharmonic Records releases - with world-renowned saxophonist Kenneth Tse in Written for Kenneth, and with violinist Rachel Patrick in Presenting Rachel Patrick. He can also be heard on Titanic Records, playing with flutist Alexander Viazotsev in From My Homeland.

From 2011-2014, Boren served as Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at California State University Stanislaus, where he taught applied piano lessons, academic piano classes, group piano, upper-division music theory courses, was director of the Ghiglieri Piano Competition, and served on the faculty for Summer Music at Stanislaus.

Boren currently lives in Burlingame, and teaches students around the world through Skype. He is an active MTAC member and regularly adjudicates MTAC, university, and independent competitions throughout California. For more information, including videos of his live performances, please visit Boren’s personal website at benjaminboren.net

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Joseph Brattesani

A 58-year veteran of the piano retail industry, Joseph Brattesani founded World Class Pianos in 2008, and owned the store until his retirement in 2017. He continues to work at the store as a consultant.

His incredibly successful career includes receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bosendorfer in 2006, an award only bestowed twice in Bosendorfer’s 190-year history; he has also won top-sales awards from Steinway, Petrof, Schimmel, Roland, Palatino, Pianodisc, and Kawai.
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A San Francisco native of Italian heritage, Brattesani took up the accordion at age 12, eventually studying the instrument at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His professional album, Joe Plays Italian, was released by Golden Gate Records in 1960, containing a collection of Italian mazurkas and polkas.

Brattesani opened his first store, Joe Brattesani School of Music, in San Francisco in 1959, where he both sold musical instruments and offered lessons; later the store was expanded and renamed Music City. He accepted a management position with Sherman & Clay in 1965, purchased Cline Piano in 1975, and co-founded Colton Pianos of Northern California in 1981, which eventually expanded to eleven locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. In 1983, Brattesani worked with Price Club (now Costco) to start The Road Show, ultimately selling pianos at 38 different store locations in biannual 10-day special events.

After retiring from Colton Piano in 1994 and selling his stores, Brattesani worked as a consultant for several piano retailers and manufacturers; in 2008, he returned to retail with World Class Pianos, where he focuses on selling only the highest-quality acoustic and digital pianos while giving excellent customer service.

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World Class Pianos is centralized in Burlingame on the Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area. We take a comprehensive approach to the world of retail, offering all the information you require to purchase the perfect instrument. Visit our piano store today to see our selection of grand pianos, digital pianos, and more.

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