I work during the day as an engineer speaking mostly in acronyms while keeping the world's financial systems connected through various intricate technologies. When I’m not routing ones and zeros around the globe I strive to be a pianist. I started studying music as an adult in the summer of 2004. After having attended a symposium for pianists at Princeton University I met the person who would ultimately become my teacher.
I spend as much of my free time as possible learning new repertoire and perfecting my technique.
Explore this site and learn more about the music, listen to some samples, check out some photography, or watch videos of me performing pieces from the baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary solo piano repertoire.
Franz Schubert, Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat major, D. 899 (Op. 90)
In 1827 Franz Schubert wrote eight solo piano pieces called impromptus. An impromptu is a musical work, usually for a solo instrument, that embodies the spirit of improvisation. The first thing listeners notice about Op. 90 No. 3 is its incredible lyricism. Long, melodic lines sing over an arpeggiated accompaniment (reminiscent of a harp), creating an interesting rhythmic juxtaposition. The theme develops into a shadowy, dark middle section where the harmonies modulate constantly and the tension builds before returning to the reflective opening mood. This serenade is a classic example of Schubert's outstanding lyrical facility, as well as his penchant for long melodic lines. There is little interruption in the fluttering harp-like broken triad accompaniment, creating a tense contrast with the spacious and languid melody—an anticipation of Felix Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words. With no repeats, the melody develops into a shadowy and frequently modulating middle section before returning to its relaxed flow. Schubert composed this work the year before he died.
Franz Schubert transcribed by Franz Liszt, Auf dem Wasser zu singen (To sing on the water)
This lied was composed by Franz Schubert in 1823, based on the poem of the same name by Friedrich Leopold zu Stolberg-Stolberg.
The text describes a scene on the water from the perspective of the narrator who is in a boat, and delves into the narrator's reflections on the passing of time. The song's piano accompaniment recreates the texture of the shimmering waves (der Freude sanftschimmernden Wellen) mentioned in the third line of the poem and its rhythmic style in the 6/8 meter is reminiscent of a barcarole. Harmonically, the song as a whole and within each stanza traces a movement from the minor mode to the major mode: the song begins in A-flat minor and ends in A-flat major.
Franz Liszt transcribed the piece for solo piano, S. 558