At age 17, I knew that I was destined for a career as a pianist after playing for Madam Hiroko Nakamura … then one of the world’s most renowned concert pianists. Taking me under her wing and offering her friendship, she prepared me for the most rigorous formal music training imaginable. Though this preparation was difficult, her nurturing guidance and gracious style helped my love of the piano bloom into a lifelong romance with this gorgeous instrument … a relationship that inspired me to journey around the world to train with elite artists, representing the richest of musical traditions from England, Australia, Russia, France and the United States.
My own experiences as a student have cemented in me the value that teaching relationships can play in showing others how music might add more fullness and balance to life. Because of this foundation built on quality teaching and mentoring, I continue to grow as a musician and as a woman. In this spirit of personal growth through music, I am inspired to “pay it forward” to others.
Though my training focused on mastering a classical
repertoire, I have come to believe that allowing students to express themselves in a variety of styles better cultivates a lasting relationship with music. By inspiring students to develop their own talents, wrapped in the fundamentals of proper technique and music theory, I let students discover for themselves the role piano can have in developing a richer musical experience. Ultimately, my goal is to motivate students to have a lifetime of interest in music making, either for personal pleasure or a music career.
In order to develop this deeper appreciation of the piano’s contribution to music, I have formed a close-knit studio that offers much more than piano lessons. In addition to teaching piano, my studio takes its members to opera, symphonies and chamber music events. Firsthand experience watching the piano’s unique capabilities of expressing complex, multi-textured musical ideas is usually quite eye-opening. This kind of exposure motivates learning and makes it much more likely that students will include piano as a lasting part of their lives.
Come join me and my other students in experiencing a rewarding musical education! Together, we will learn, grow and have fun mastering one of the most wonderful of all musical instruments, the piano.