And then there's all this other music...

To be a classical musician takes a lifetime of dedication. There's no way around it, it's tremendously hard to make it as a concert pianist, and daily practice, hours at a time, is key to that success. But the world is so full of great music in other styles, from other cultures, from past and present. It is hard to be unmoved by it all and, as a musician, to be untempted by its riches. As a teenager, I explored the worlds of jazz and blues, even taking a summer course at the famed Berklee School of Music in Boston and private lessons from one of Bill Evans' pupils. But in more recent years I dug deep into the world of Flamenco, and more recently have been exploring cabaret and pop, traditional Chinese music, Persian, and classical Indian music. Although I do not hope to ever be an expert in any of these other genres in the way that I am in my Western classical genre, I do love to experiment and be inspired by some of these other traditions. My hope is to develop more non-classical projects and perhaps release some original material inspired by all of these at some point in the future.

Stayed tuned, and join my Patreon, to see where this takes me (it's a refrain, now!).