Started playing piano at age 9. My Teacher Judy Paschal, Main Pianist at North Point Baptist Church in Hurst Texas has considered me one of her best students in the 40 years of teaching she has ever had. Advanced 4 lesson levels in two years and progressed into advance piano by age 12. Performed two recitals per year under this teacher until 18 with an extra 1 hour Solo Senior Recital as my last recital under her tutelage.
Under the mentoring of Alphie Guess (Juilliard Masters Graduate in Singing and Jazz) attended 3 week piano workshops at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts(NCSARTS) 3 three different years with a additional chamber music program during the third year. During these sessions I had exclusive lessons by Julliard’s Master of Piano Performance Clifton Matthews, and Julliard’s Doctor of Music Bruce Moss.
The Summer of 2010 I was invited to play a piano/violin duo with Dallas Symphony Orchestras own Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster, and Principal Violinist Gary Levinson in a private charity concert after he heard my playing over a cell phone. I performed Brahms Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Vivace Ma Non Troop. That summer I was also personally invited by Clifton Matthews (NCSARTS) to the Tibor Varga Music Festival in Sion, Switzerland.
While being a Boy Scout I had to complete an Eagle Scout Project in order to obtain my Eagle Scout Rank. My project "The Classics" was intended to benefit the senior residents of Franklin Park Retirement Center.
I gathered a group of volunteer musicians to join me in the presentation of classical music at different skill levels. During the presentation we explained and educated by performing the various pieces of music it requires to obtain each level. As a part of the performance, we provided a performance program with information about the musicians, the pieces played, and we also provided a copy of the performance on a DVD. The goal was to leave the audience with an appreciation of the time, effort, and dedication it takes to accomplish each performance level. The musicians ranged from beginner to advanced and from amateur to a professional performance level.
July 2007, 2008, 2009 Public Performance at the University School of the Arts Summer Programs
May 2007 Volmer Wedding, Dallas Texas
December 2010 Performed a Solo Christmas Concert at the Dallas Piano Gallery’s Mason & Schimmal Recital Hall.
August 2010 Master Class Public Performance at the Tibor Varga Music Festival
August 2010 Scott Wedding, Carrollton, Texas
March 2011 Orchestra Pianist for Musical “SNOOPY!!! The Musical!” for Denton Community Theater in Denton, TX.
May 2011 Solo Performance at Steinway Hall in Fort Worth, Texas
Other performances with Heritage Church of Dallas, Texas, Hillcrest Church of Dallas, Texas-- North Pointe Baptist Church, Hurst Texas-- Spruce Pine United Methodist, Spruce Pine, North Carolina-- Maxville Free Methodist Church, Maxville, Kansas-- Arlington Piano Gallery, Arlington, Texas
Pending featured performer for a Gala Concert with North Pointe Baptist Church.
Though I started at 9 years old, I did not get fully into it until I was 14. My first six years of practicing to become the pianist I am today, I had two big influences. One being my brother, and the other being my piano teacher. Being a young competitive child I was given the challenge to pass my older brother who had started 3 years prior to myself. Once I had finally surpassed him I loved piano. I have multiple people who influenced me. Alphie Guess (Jazz Singer.Juilliard), Clifton Mathews (Piano.Juilliard), Bruce Moss (Piano.Juilliard), Gary Levinson (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), and so many other coaches its hard to name them all. But i would have to say my main influence was F. Liszt.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 90 - 120 minutes
I have been told that during my performances my phrasing literally rolls off the piano, it can over power, but it can also be deprived of existence. People describe my playing as they would imagine a mixture of Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt, two polar opposites brought into a mix of freedom and rage. While I play I do not imagine the music as it is, I imagine it as it should sound. We are all entitled to our own opinion, and my opinion in my playing is what counts for the "miraculous" sound.
Piano (Preferred acoustic)
I do all of my gigs with music, if you would like it with none I will take special requests.
I'm going to assume this is where i place my repertoire.
Basso Ostinato Op. 5
Inventions: No. 4, 8, 10, 14.
Sinfonia: No. 4 & 5.
Piano pieces for Children 22-42
Mikrokosmos for Piano, book 5, 122-139.
Full Sonatas: No. 5, No. 8, No. 14, and No. 25.
Rondo Op. 51
Bagatelles: Op, 25 1 & 2, Op. 33, Numbers: 3 and 7.
Ballade in G minor, Op. 118, No. 3
2 Rhapsodies Op. 79
Romanze in F major, Op. 118, No. 5.
Deuxieme Ballade Op. 38 Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 35
Prelude Op. 28, No. 4, 6, 15, and 20.
Etudes: Op. 10, No. 1, 5, 9, and 12. Op. 25, No. 1, 2, 4, 9, 10, and 12.
Impromptus: Op. 29, No. 1. Op. 66 "Fantasie-Impromptu."
Polonaise Op. 40, No. 2
Trois Nouvelles Etudes KKII b/3
Nocturnes: Op. 9 (1 & 2). Op. 15, No 2 (5). Op. 37, No. 1 (11). Op. 55, No 1 (15). Op 72. No 1 (19).
Scherzo Op. 31, No. 2.
The Cat and the Mouse
Clair De Lune
Pour le Piano Suite (Prelude, Sarabande, Toccata)
Images I (Mouvement)
An American in Paris
I've got rhythm
Preludes 1, 2, and 3
Rhapsody in Blue
Sonata No. 50
Avalanche, Op. 45, No. 2
Tarantelle, Op. 85, No. 2.
Czardas Macabre Premiere Annee: Suisse No. 1, 3, 5, 9.
Venezia e Napoli: No. 1 & 3.
Consolations: No. 1-4
Transcendental Etudes: No. 1, 6, and 8
Grandes Etude de Paganini: No. 5
Trios Etude de Concert: No. 3 "Un Sospiro"
Liebestraum No. 3
Valse Oubliee No. 1
Valse Impromptu Nuages Gris
Rhapsodie Hongroise No. 5, 6
Sonata No. 8
Sonata No. 11
Sonata No. 16
Fantasy No. 3
Prelude in C# minor Op. 3, No. 2
Prelude in G minor Op. 23, No. 5
Valse in A Major
Barcarolle in G minor Op. 10, No. 3
Impromptus Op. 90, No. 2-4
Violin Sonata No.1, Op.78, Movement 1.
Brahms Piano Trio Op. 8
Piano Quintet, Op.44, No. 1 & 2.
Violin Sonata No.5, Op. 24, Movement 1.
Past Booked Dates:
04-28-2012 — Lewisville Masonic Lodge 201
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