Recital at Bellingham Dance Theatre

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I had my first performance so far at the Bellingham Dance Theatre last week. It was initially a disaster, as, the lights fell down during the dress rehearsal and we had to practice under very low light settings. Then our last minute contact Electrician contact came through. Fred was amazing. He is definitely one of the best local electrical contractors!

We continued on to perform after we did the last minute repairs. Despite the pressure, we received a standing ovation from the crowd. Here I am:


Here was my inspiration for the performance last week. She plays this Chopin piece amazingly well; she plays with so much feeling.


Another note – I just signed up with a new Facebook group of musicians.  I have some experience with Jazz and had to share with a group of musicians. They were so happy and welcoming to me.


Catch you all later!

My Favorite Composer

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Can you guess who my favorite piano composer is?


It’s Chopin!

Yes, Frederic Chopin, wrote some unbelievably beautiful piano music back in his day. He is a French composer who was brought up in Poland. It’s amazing that over 100 years after his death, his music is still favored among many pianists.


Here is my favorite piece by him:


The pianist’s name is Valentina and she has captured the soul of Chopin’s music. I can only aspire to play like her.

I would love to perform this piece solo for a hall like she does, one day…. 😉

Welcome to my blog!

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Hello there!

Welcome to my musings about life working as a pianist.

Here is What I Live For:


I have been a a pianist since five years old.

The first orchestra I performed for when living in Manchester was the Hale Light Orchestra. Now I’ve moved to the US and working for a few groups in NYC. Being a pianist/musician has been an adventure allowing for lots of travel. So far I love it.