Significant teachers and mentors:
Douglas Humpherys, Seymour Bernstein, Jerome Lowenthal, Martin Canin, Maxine Giannini
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
I want each student to achieve their goals at the piano and to have a good experience playing and studying music. I teach technique not just to achieve mastery at the keyboard, but also to gain expressive freedom at the instrument. I encourage my students to use the score to support their musical intuition and to help shape their interpretive choices.
Professional affiliations & activities:
I am new to the Chicago area and so I am still learning about the city's vibrant musical life. I'm looking forward to becoming an active performer of solo, chamber, and new music throughout Chicago.
Interests outside of music:
Reading, tea, soccer, running, cooking, and being outdoors.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
My favorite composer often changes--there are are so many who wrote such wonderful and meaningful music! Currently, I am most interested in the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski, a composer who wrote personal, virtuosic, and deeply moving piano music, songs, operas, and symphonies. I also love to play art songs.