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About Me

A moment of your time :

I am a classical pianist, graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Currently, I am a doctorate candidate at the University of Southern California. In a few words, I can sum up my pedigree. My awards, accomplishments, and performances can be just as dispassionately relayed (often in the third person as any concert program biographies can confirm).

These, while important, describe who I am on paper but not who I am as an artist. I understand the merits of these titles and have them listed below but I hope that, beyond my resume, you come to your own conclusions regarding who I am through my playing, my convictions, and my actions. Here, I would like to take some time and tell you directly.

 

I have always been unable to understand the distinction between throwing yourself into music and throwing yourself into life. I have worked outside of performing. I was a psychology major concurrent to finishing my Bachelor's in performance and it taught me about the human mind. I've worked as a teacher and a media consultant and it taught me the joys of education and professionalism. I've held service jobs one year and managed events the next and it's shown me the disparities in different communities and the value in diverse stories. These are life lessons that are not easily evident through a list of accomplishments, but ultimately the reason music is important.

 

Throughout my career, it's been communicated to me directly and indirectly that music and balance are mutually exclusive if you want to be the best. It takes hours and perfection requires sacrifice; nothing else matters. But I hear music in cultivating empathy through diving into others' experiences. I see music cross cultural lines and lead protests and write the stories of the vulnerable. I live these things, come back to my practice at the end of the day, and hear echoes of it in music written from hundreds of years ago. And it places the notes within a context that makes sense, that has a place in impacting the world of today rather than recreating the world of yesterday. And how could that not matter?

These are my guiding forces as I seek to communicate as an artist, a mentor, and an entrepreneur. Thank you for your support, for listening, and I hope to play a role in making music a part of your life as well.

 

With sincerity and always yours,

Curriculum vitae to date

Oberlin Conservatory | BM, piano performance

Oberlin College | BA, psychology 

IU Jacobs School of Music | MM, piano performance

USC Thornton School of Music | DMA, piano performance*

Appearances & performances at: Fowler Center (Riceland Hall), Lincoln Center, Oberlin Conservatory Warner Concert Hall, Banff Centre for the Arts, New World Center, The Brown Theater, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, and Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace

Notable Awards: 

  • Delta Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition (1st place & Grand Prize)

  • Camerata International Artist Competition (2nd place)

  • Hellam Young Artist Competition (Joseph Shelhardt prize)

  • New York International Competition (finalist)

Organizations and Affiliations:

  • Music Teachers National Association | member

  • California Association of Professional Music Teachers | member

  • Medicinal Music Makers | Communications Director

  • Angeles Academy of Music | Faculty

  • NPR "From the Top" | Pre-interviewer

  • National YoungArts Foundation | alumnus

  • IU Young Pianists | Faculty (2018-20)

  • IU Young Pianists | Executive Assistant (2019-20)

  • IU Piano Academy | Executive Assistant (2019)

  • CAA Overture Awards | Site Chair (2017-19)

  • Cincinnati School of Music | teacher (2017-18)

Teachers include: Sergei Babayan, Angela Cheng, Alvin Chow, Arnaldo Cohen, and Antoinette Perry

*in progress

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