First Place, 2019 Music Academy of the West Duo Competition
Brevard Music Center, 2013; SongFest, 2015; Saarburg International Music Festival, 2014, 2016; Luxemburg International Music Festival, 2016; Rocky Ridge Music Center, 2018; Music Academy of the West, 2019; Meadowmount School of Music, Collaborative Piano Artist in Residence, 2022–23
I think my earliest memory is when I was three years old: every time I heard a tune either from a CD or on TV, I would always go to the piano to try to play the tune.
I think Dr. Andrew Campbell is the one who inspires me the most in my career. He was really specific when talking about collaborations. However, at the same time, he gives the pianists the freedom to create unique ideas. Once we convince him, he has no issues with the choices we make.
I think because technology is one of the most fascinating things in our daily lives and most of us cannot live without it, if orchestra concerts can occasionally combine with some kind of technology like visual effects, I am sure it can attract more audiences.
As a collaborative pianist performing with Joshua Bell in concert.
When I was a DMA student at Arizona State University, our department director trusted my ability to showcase the school, so she asked me to be the collaborative pianist for the university faculty searches.
Anne Epperson is the one I respect most in the collaborative piano field. I believe she is the one creating the “collaborative piano.” We used to always be called accompanists, but in duo or chamber music, we are not accompanists anymore. Instead, we have equal responsibility and leadership. Also, Anne is the one who gained my interest as a collaborative pianist because of the way she taught as pedagogy.
I love to travel around the world, so if I was not a musician, I think I would be a flight attendant.
I think the biggest challenge and difference between playing in an orchestra versus in a chamber music setting is how to follow the conductor. You won’t be able to always present the way you want; instead, just go with the leader so that the music can sound unified.
Be brave enough to do anything you want, but at the same time, discuss with your colleagues when there is some kind of argument. We are always learning every day.