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PAUL McNULTY became interested in instrument building after studying music at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He studied piano technology in Boston and earned guild qualification as a tuning examiner.

After some years in Amsterdam he came to the Czech Republic in 1995.  He has built more than 150 fortepianos after  Stein, Walter, Hofmann, Graf and Pleyel, which feature in many recordings and are owned by prominent players and leading music institutions such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Paul Badura-Skoda and Glyndebourne Festival.  In 2009 Paul McNulty built two copies of I.Pleyel 1830, the results confirming Chopin’s 1831 remark to his best friend Tytus : “Pleyel’s pianos are ‘non plus ultra’.” 

Paul McNulty was chosen by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar to build a copy of Liszt’s 1846 Boisselot piano, with which Liszt toured Russia and later kept in Weimar for the next forty years. He wrote Boisselot of his love for this piano, saying he had nearly played through the keys. The McNulty copy will feature prominently in Weimar’s Liszt bicentennial celebrations.