- Born in London, Ontario Canada
- Received degrees from Oberlin Conservatory
and New England Conservatory.
- Teachers included Sanford Margolis and
- Performed at weddings, galleries, embassies
in Boston, New York and Washington DC.
- Premiered George Russell's "Dialogue With
Ornette" (Version for 3 keyboardists and violin,
1999) at Jordan Hall, Boston.
MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
I earned my Master's degree from New England
Conservatory and have 7 years of experience teaching
students of all ages and backgrounds. 4 years ago I
stumbled upon the Taubman technique, which is an
invaluable tool for improving dexterity and
preventing injury. As a performer I believe it is
equally important to hear the direction of a phrase
prior to putting hands onto the keyboard. My aim is
to help my fellow pianist friends to facilitate
communication between your ears, hands and heart.
Beginners can benefit greatly by starting to learn
and think in a way that has never been available in
conventional teaching methods.
- What you see on the score could often affect
the way you use your fingers.
- Your inner ear helps you to "auralize" (as
in visualize) the direction, and the shape of
your phrase, while your outer ear confirms the
sound produced by your fingers, which are
directed by the inner ear.
- Playing the piano should feel as light as
step-dancing as you finger up and down the white
and black keys.
- Smart listeners would know that swaying your
body, closing your eyes, breathing or humming to
the music would not improve the music quality of
your playing, although truly enjoying what you
do could result in the above actions.