BM, The Juilliard School
MM, Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London)
Artist Diploma, Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London)
DMA, Temple University (in progress)
Joined LMC faculty in 2020
Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.
I am currently based in Philadelphia where I teach piano performance and chamber music at St. Joseph’s University and maintain a private studio at Settlement Music School. I have been featured in performances at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Tenri Cultural Institute, Milton Court Concert Hall, and the Yamaha Salon, as well as Paul Hall (The Juilliard School). Past highlights include a recital for the Barbican Center’s Sound Unbound Weekend, performances with the New Sussex Symphony, Westfield Symphony, Manalapan Battleground Symphony, Guildhall Brass Ensemble, Cambridge Graduate Orchestra, Bravura Philharmonic, and the American premier of an original composition by Karen Lefrak, as a featured performer in the Youth America Grand Prix Gala (David H. Koch Theater). A huge advocate for contemporary music, my performances of Gorecki's Piano Sonata and Four Preludes as well as Richard Rodney Bennett's Noctuary: Variations on a Theme by Scott Joplin were received by critics to high acclaim (Classical Source, Art Desk, The Guardian), and have all been recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
My performing career has taken me across Spain, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and I have won numerous awards at both the national and international level. I have been a participant in the Gijon International Piano Festival, an artist in residence and scholarship recipient of the Banff Summer Music Festival, and scholarship recipient of the Orford Arts Festival. I return regularly to the UK to work with Nelly Ben-Or, courtesy of the Nelly Ben-Or Trust (est. Sir Colin Davies), to study the in depth relationship between piano playing and the Alexander Technique. I have also benefited from several master classes with renowned pedagogues such as Steven Kovacevich, Marc Durand, Robert McDonald, Andre Michel Schub, Joseph Kalichstein, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert Levin, John Perry, and Jacques Rouvier.
What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?
It will be my first summer at Luzerne! As a young musician, I unfortunately did not have the opportunity to attend summer music programs geared towards pre-college students and have found teaching at these programs both rewarding and invigorating. There is no question that students leave camp with more confidence in themselves and their music making, having spent a significant amount of time surrounded by like-minded people with similar interests. When I used to attend music festivals myself, I always enjoyed attending Banff Music Festival because of its location. Located in the mountains of Alberta, distant from the hustle and bustle of major cities, I always felt as though I was transported to another world, making my own musical experience and growth all the more intense. Students at Luzerne experience this same growth through surrounding themselves with a wonderful support system, world-class faculty, and the beautiful Adirondacks!
What can campers expect to learn working with you this summer?
I have had the opportunity to work with students of many different backgrounds and levels and am confident in my ability to provide students with a wealth of knowledge obtained through years of experience teaching, performing, and mentoring. An avid advocate for outreach and community, I have over 5 years of experience teaching at summer music programs and enthusiastically go above and beyond to inspire and excite students in their studies. I love to cultivate curiosity while always challenge my students to think outside the box, and ask the right kinds of questions!