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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. My pedigree can be summed up in a few words. My awards, accomplishments, and performances can be just as dispassionately relayed-- and they often are as any typical 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 instead of writing yet another bio in the third person.

 

I have always been unable to understand the distinction between throwing yourself into music and throwing yourself into life. I was a psychology major concurrent to finishing my Bachelor's in music 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 importance of connection. I've held service jobs and managed events in the same 24 hours and it's shown me the disparities in different communities and the value in diverse stories. These are experiences that are not easily evident through a list of accomplishments, but ultimately the reason music is important.

 

Music cultivates empathy through diving into others' experiences. It crosses cultural lines and underscores protests and champions the stories of the vulnerable. I hear echoes of the multifaceted human existence in music written from hundreds of years ago just as much as modern-day. 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.

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 allowing music to be a part of your life as well.

 

With sincerity and always yours,

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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*

Notable 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

  • USC Chapter of MTNA | Vice President

  • California Association of Professional Music Teachers | member

  • Medicinal Music Makers | Communications Director

  • National Public Radio "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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