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I believe it is important for us to acknowledge our roots, our sources. I am a classical pianist and I found my way to music through Mozart. My work takes many forms and performing repertoire from the classical European canon continues to be a great passion of mine.  As a teacher I give my students a blend of experiences and knowledge.  I offer my training as a classical pianist, as well as my experience as an improviser, and as a contemporary musician finding my place in the music world. 


I thank my incredible mentors who really believed in me. They have shaped my musicianship in profound ways. First, it was Sylvia Wang at Northwestern, who put me together as a human being, and pointed me in the right direction. It was Evelyne Brancart who taught me everything I know about technique, giving me a toolbox that I am just figuring out how to use. Menahem Pressler taught me about the most intimate, quietest touch of color.  Arnaldo Cohen transformed me from student to pianist, devoting his blood, sweat and tears to my success. I thank everyone of these people. 

As a classical pianist, I have performed widely throughout the United States. I played the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in G minor with the Filharmonia Pitesti in Bucharest, Romania with conductor Vlad Agachi; Beethoven Concerto no. 5 "Emperor" with the Northern Dutchess Philharmonic, Schumann Concerto in A minor with the Washington Sinfonietta in Washington DC. I have performed recitals at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Austrian Embassy in Washington DC, Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Chicago, IL, and at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. I have collaborated with the Bergamot, Atlantic and Arneis string quartets to perform quintets by Dvorak, Shostakovich and Susie Ibarra. My classical performances have been broadcast on Chicago classical radio, WFMT 98.7 and Washington D.C Classical radio, WETA 90.9. I have garnered prizes at the Kingsville International Piano Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, and the Indiana Concerto Competition where I played my first concerto with orchestra, Mozart's piano concerto in A major KV 488 with Uriel Segal conducting the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra.


I spent two incredible summers as a full fellowship performer at the Tanglewood Music Center, working with luminaries like Emanuel Ax, Garrick Ohlssen, Igor Solzhenitsyn, Pamela Frank, Charles Dutoit, and Peter Serkin. I performed solo and chamber music at the Seiji Ozawa Hall. While at the Aspen and Banff Music Festivals, I worked with Julian Martin, Marc Durand and Herbert Stessin. 

Every summer, I teach in Thessaloniki, Greece as part of the Anatolia Summer Music Performance program. Please join my studio in Greece! Here is the link for applications.


Franz Liszt "Winterreise" Schubert song transcriptions

The complete transcription of twelve songs from Franz Schubert's Winterreise by Franz Liszt, S. 561. Performed at Indiana University.


Gute Nacht, Franz Liszt

Kennedy Center Millennium stage live-stream, Gute Nacht, Franz Liszt transcription of Schubert Song from Winterreise. 


Stravinsky Petrouchka

Solo piano transcription of Stravinsky's Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka


Brahms quartet in c minor

Brahms piano quartet, op. 60 in c minor. Recorded live Tanglewood Music Center.

Piano Students at SUNY New Paltz

I have the privilege of working with the next generation of musicians, players, thinkers and humanitarians. SUNY New Paltz is liberal arts program situated in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Our work takes many forms and in many spaces. Our students find their way into music from many different angles, perspectives and goals. Some students have been playing music for all their lives, others find the piano here in our basic piano classes. 

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