new: a new website (obviously). keywords here are sailing aka. “where am i off to now?”; perspectives aka. “it’s a matter of how you look at it.” old: still trying to update the new website; the more i learn, the less i actually know”; still trying to jump back into that frame over there

OPEN HOUSE: Official relaunch!


boat on the harbor

a boat on the harbors of honolulu, hawaii. (iphone shot, iphoto enhanced).


Hello everybody! It’s taken a long time, but I finally decided to relaunch, redesign and move my website. Things are obviously still dusty around here, but please take a look around, comment on anything and everything or just sign my guestbook. As always, have fun and enjoy your stay!


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HAPPY 2010 and….we’re back!


catching the sun...Happy New Year and hello to both old and new visitors here! After what seems like ages of  failed tweaking and searching for answers, I’ve finally managed to get this part of my website up and functional again.  The problem started after I upgraded to a new version of Wordpress through my host.  To make a long story short, I wasn’t able to access any of my “words” here for a very long time.  The good news is that nothing was lost and I can start updating with new content soon.

(photo from honolulu, hawaii – end of a year, the beginning of another)

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Lesson at EMF

This is just a quick post to let you all know that I will be at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC teaching and performing for the next five weeks.  I’ll try to post a list of the performances hopefully sooner than later.

UPDATE: Here is a quick list of some upcoming concerts I’ll be performing in at EMF:

  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2008
    Annual Steinway Piano Gala
  • THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008
    Annual Steinway Piano Gala (solo and 8 hands music)
  • MONDAY, JULY 7, 2008
    8PM, RECITAL HALL, UNCG (University of North Carolina Greensboro)
    BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio No.1, op.1 in E-flat major
  • SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2008
    BRAHMS: Piano Trio in B major, op.8
  • TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2008
    BRAHMS: Piano Trio in B major, op.8
  • TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008
    BRUCH: Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano op.83

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06.13.08 2.0!The biggest and most recent news is that this site has a new face, new design and new place to live. I’ve worked on a new look and I hope to update it with some fresh content soon.

to see this new site, please head on over to the entrance of 2.0 here. (you are at the new site)

This may be my last post on this site for a while here. (this post was for the old site).

I hope to be able to move some of these blog posts over to the new site if it’s at all possible. (done!)

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Starting today, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music is hosting the 2007 American Liszt Society Festival (March 29-31) entitled, “Liszt in Paris”.  For all of you who need your fix of all things Liszt, this is the place to be.

*In honor of this event, I give you a video of Hungarian super-virtuoso George Cziffra playing Liszt’s GrandGalop Chromatiq. (warning: view at your own risk - it’s frightening!!)

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Toronto (…away again)


Toronto at NightFor the past few days, I’ve been in Toronto for the 2007 MTNA National Conference.  It’s a historic event this year because of the collaboration between the United States and Canada’s largest national teaching organizations (the MTNACFMTA and the RCM). For the curious, you can check out information on the Collaborative Conference here. If you are a music student, independent or collegiate teacher, there’s an organization for you!

*the picture is beautiful Toronto at night (not mine).

I’m Back!! (again….)


night lights

Hello to all my friends, family, students and first time visitors!

It’s been a very long time but here’s what’s happening…As you can see, the website has a whole new look!  A quick recap of “website-related construction”:

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....breathe...I’ve added a new section called, “Multimedia of the Week” to the right sidebar in which I hope to feature a different type of media (short video, music, pictures) every week. This week I’m featuring a video I made called, “greenlake tonight.” Greenlake is a beautiful place on the campus of Interlochen where I live(d) and currently (formerly) work(ed). ·

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Beethoven’s Hair


Reading  books online has become almost standard thanks to the internet. Here is an interactive, multimedia version of Russell Martin’s entertaining and haunting book called, “Beethoven’s Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved.“  (  description and review of the book is here).  The online authors describe the website version as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

I’m back!

(…they have the best view).

Hello everybody! Yes, it’s been way too long since my last entry here. Though Spring break is now upon us, winter seems to be something of an unpredictable gamble from day-to-day at Interlochen. Many things have happened since the holiday season, but the biggest news is that I’ve been appointed Professor of Piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. You can click here to find out more about this school. Starting this fall, Read the rest of this entry »

Create Your Own Radio Station


If you’re like me, you  enjoy some musical diversity in your life.  Here is a link to Epitonic Radio, a website that offers quite an eclectic mix of musical genres (from modern classical through trance music) to listen to for free. Think of it as an online radio station where you can customize a playlist from the number of tracks to the type of music you would like to listen to.   Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Holidays!


(...what's the catch?)

“Aloha! Mele Kalikimaka!” (Merry Christmas!) ‘Tis the season for giving and sharing, for reflecting and of course, traveling.  I hope you all are having  a relaxing break from the rigors of your everyday lives.  I am doing a lot of flying to far off places this holiday (as I’m sure many of you are too).  Here is a link to a video I made about ’sailing.’

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Cool Mind Game


Happy Winter Everybody!! It’s been snowing a lot lately, and as to be expected, it is amazingly beautiful outside. Since it must be nearing winter break, I thought I’d post a quick, but really interesting mind game for you as a break from your hard stressful lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  I hope you ate plenty of good food and are able to relax and be with family and friends this week!  If you are wondering what you can do over this ‘vacation,’ besides the obvious, why not take a couple quick and silly personality tests?

The first site I found asks, “What kind of Food are You?” After taking this test, I have been declared, “Mexican Food!”   Read the rest of this entry »

Random Link for the Day


It’s “French Week” at Interlochen, and I thought I’d  celebrate here as well. Here is a quick link for you all that will allow you to take a lightening fast trip to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower in 3D!!  (Quicktime plugin may be required).

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