Gratitude

2018 is almost over!! Looking back, I think this year was full of new challenges and excitements. Pushing the boundary and getting out of your comfort zone is not always an easy choice, but I always realize that afterwards, how much I grew as a pianist, and as a person. I welcomed new piano students […]

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Don Winston and Friends #9

It is tomorrow! My Ninth ( 9th!!) collaboration with Don Winston and Friends Brass concert in Port Washington. Apologies not to update for the past several concerts… but I was always there with great guests including performers from the famous New York Phil Harmonic and their gifted accompanist colleague. Announcement: Something new this time! I […]

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Digital Piano Recommendation for Lessons 2

Tips for Choosing a Digital Piano Part 2 :Touch This is a continuous post from “Digital Piano Recommendation for Lessons 1 : Touch” Importance of Touch Sensitivity Since I am a classical pianist, I care about the touch a lot. (And I am pretty sure that jazz performers would agree, too.) Touch sensitive system has […]

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Digital Piano Recommendation for Lessons 1

Recommended Keyboard Instruments Part 1: Size Every semester, I receive questions from beginner students’ parents regarding digital pianos. Some people ask to get it for the first time for their kid, who just has just started to take lessons. Others want to upgrade the existing one, because it has become too small or the touch is not […]

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Great Experience with the MET Opera Turandot 

At Halloween night, I had a pleasure of sitting in the audience seat for Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera in Manhattan. One of my colleagues is a trombone player in the orchestra pit, and I played Nessun Dorma at Don Winston and Friends #7 few weeks ago together. That was the main […]

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Next Piano Accompany Project is on 10/21

Don Winston and Friends #7 Port Washington , NY   We have come this far. I have been the piano accompanist for this semi-annual performance project since 2013. Don Winston is a brass advocate and Euphoniumist himself and the organizer for this series ever since it started. I got to know Don at a music festival […]

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Mitsuko Uchida and Seiji Ozawa – Dream Collaboration in Nagano, Japan

According to Japanese online news sources, two-time Grammy Award pianist Mitsuko Uchida (68) appeared on stage at Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival in Nagano this year.    Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival (OMF) was founded by Seiji Ozawa (82), conductor and former music director of internationally acclaimed orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Sanfransisco […]

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Should I Get Piano OR Keyboard?

Piano or Keyboard? The most common inquiries that I receive from first time learners, whether they are adults or kindergarteners, are 1) they should have a piano or keyboard to practice at home 2) acoustic (real) piano or keyboard, which one they should get 1) YES. Let’s think about this. When someone starts swimming lessons, […]

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What to be prepared for the first piano lesson

Over the years of my piano teaching in NYC, I usually get asked by many parents about what materials their kids should bring for the piano lesson Day 1. Here are the simple stuff that the student should have in hand to optimize the very first piano learning experience and make a smooth transition to the […]

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Great Kickstart of Fall 2017

Today is September 1st, even though still a few weeks away from the first day of fall this year ( September 22nd), the cool weather with the clear sky made me feel that the summer was left behind long ago. (I just got back from Japan a couple of days ago, and it was still […]

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Great Guggenheim House

I had a great opportunity to provide a nice cocktail hour piano performance at Sands Point Country Club in Port Washington, NY held on October 21. The event was hosted by Hugs Across America for their fundraising purpose. This den was owed by the famous Guggenheim (people are mostly familiar with the Guggenheim Museum) , now […]

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