Photo courtesy New York Piano Society
After many years sitting in the audience as a critic, being onstage again has been both nerve-wracking and exhilarating. I began taking piano lessons in London at age six and during high school in Washington, D.C. studied with the pianist Thomas Schumacher. I first experienced the joys of chamber music with the cellist Oliver Edel as coach at the Levine School of Music. After a year pursuing a degree in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music I switched majors to journalism but continued my musical studies with professors in London and Seville, Spain, where I lived for a year.
Recent concert highlights have included performing with Mark Peskanov at Bargemusic’s Saturday afternoon community concerts and with the violinist Igor Pikayzen and the cellist Nan-Cheng Chen at Weill Recital Hall, presented by the New York Piano Society. I also enjoy spending a week each summer tackling gigantic chamber works at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in Vermont.
As a soloist, Bach and Schubert are my favorite composers. Here I am (in 2012) playing Bach’s Partita No. 1.