This has been my first year at the Juilliard Pre-College and I am feeling so incredibly lucky for this opportunity!!! On February 21st I will be performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra.
Here is a video of my masterclass with Lang Lang. His comments made me feel great, but don’t laugh when you see me running around the stage (after I play) because I can’t remember where I put my music to show Lang Lang!
In December I performed with two other Lang Lang Young Scholars for the AICGS Global Leadership Award Dinner honoring Michael Diekmann, CEO of Allianz. Senator Lieberman was a special guest speaker at the event!
Through a partnership of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation and Allianz, 14 young pianists from all over the world (10 different countries) were selected to come together to make music: our passion!
I performed with Lang Lang right after Sting! The stage was the General Assembly Hall of the U.N. –where some of the most important decisions in the world are made!
We had great fun performing Fazil Say’s jazzy arrangement of Mozart ‘s Rondo Alla Turca on the radio. I also played some solo Prokofiev and did a short interview with the host. I listen to WQXR almost every day of my life, so it felt really amazing being at the WQXR Greene Space for a live broadcast!
I just spent two weeks at the most amazing music festival in Italy called Music Fest Perugia. One of the highlights was performing in a special “Prodigy Concert” with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante at the famed Basilica di San Pietro.
This was the third OBMF, and it was better than ever. I made new friends and performed everywhere in Oyster Bay, Long Island –17 times in nine days.
I was selected as one of the Lang Lang International Foundation’s five new Young Scholars representing the United States for the next few years.
I had probably up to date the most incredible experience a few weeks ago! I was invited to perform on NPR’s From The Top, the most amazing classical music show on radio!
The show aired nationally on NPR the week of March 10th. Here is a link to my From The Top‘s performance where I am playing The Lark by Glinka/Balakirev.
You know how much I want my friends and other kids my age to love classical music. Well last spring I started working on a video series with an amazing ventriloquist, Jonathan Geffner, and Rachel Shelton, a former student of my mom.
I just turned 11 last weekend and had the best celebration by performing the Borodin Piano Quintet with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in NYC.
My parents’ very good friend, and my honorary uncle, Aram Talalyan, just sent me a recording of the Khachaturian Trio that I performed in Armenia.
One of the the most wonderful things that happened in the summer was that I played a solo recital in Canada. I also got to go to Niagara Falls where my parents and I went on the Journey Behind the Falls.
I just came back from a trip to Yerevan, Armenia, where I had the opportunity to play Khachaturian’s trio for piano, clarinet and violin. I was even asked to appear on two Armenian TV shows!
For eight days my fellow students (including some of my best friends) and I performed all over downtown Oyster Bay.
An exciting adventure was a visit to Yale University, where I had the opportunity to meet and play for the Dean of Music!
I had a great opportunity to play the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody nº 11 in a Masterclass for Sarah Davis Buechner.
I played the celeste part in Charles Griffes’ The Kairn of Koridwen, which is scored for piano, harp, celeste, two horns, two clarinets, and a flute.
I met an 85 year old composer named James Cohn, and he offered to send me any of his piano compositions that I wanted to play.
I just posted a new video from a concert last week, and I plan to write an update on my recent adventures very soon.
I turned 10 years old, I ate lunch at the most amazing French restaurant and I played chamber music on the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players series in Manhattan.
In July I spent two fantastic weeks in Perugia, Italy at the Corsi Internazionali di Musica. I attended daily master classes, rehearsed chamber music, and played in several concerts.
I played 10 Concerts in 4 days at the Oyster Bay Music Festival and I even got a chance to meet and play for Billy Joel.
I had a concert in Cape Cod, in Massachusetts, where I played at the Marine Biological Laboratory with members of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players.
This past Sunday I just performed at the beautiful Liederkranz Foundation in Manhattan as a Guest Artist of New York’s Concert Festival.
This past Monday I had the AMAZING opportunity to play on the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players concert series in NYC.
Before I started to play I noticed something very interesting on the wood underneath the piano. There were writings from people who have tried the piano all over the world.
It happened on April 2nd 2012 and it was very exciting! I played on a beautiful Steinway “D” piano, and I was handed a big check.
I just came home from a fantastic two week adventure in Africa with my grandparents and a group from the MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory)!
As a winner of New York’s Concert Festival Concerto Competition, I had the opportunity to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto nº 1 with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra on Long Island.
I played a full program of works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and Gershwin.