I started playing piano when I was about 5 years old, in the summer before kindergarten. I studied with a neighborhood teacher until the sixth grade, when I began studying with Dr. Kimi Kawashima at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. I’ve performed multiple solo recitals in recent years, in addition to various studio recitals through the years. I’ve played piano at my school’s talent shows and at church throughout my life, and I’ve even accompanied my church choir for Ryan Murphy’s “Pilgrim Song.” I sang in my middle school’s Honors Chorale, and I’ve played piano at school talent shows and chamber nights my whole life. I love classical music and have enjoyed playing pieces from all different musical eras, from Bach to Beethoven to Liszt to Ravel to Muczynski. In addition to my piano focus, I have enjoyed singing or playing drums weekly in my church’s praise band for the past six (or so) years, and I’ve recently started to lead the music ministry program for masses at my Catholic high school. Beyond simply performance, I also enjoy theory, and I took AP Music Theory as a sophomore. Music is assuredly a key component of my life.
You can find Michael’s performance here.