When Ariel was 12-years-old, she had the privilege of meeting and conversing with her role model, the legendary Mr. Van Cliburn, in Fort Worth, Texas. The encouragement and support she felt during their short encounter has been Ariel’s inspiration for music ever since that experience.
Ariel has performed in a variety of venues including at the Hollywood Ford Amphitheater, the Orange County Performing Arts Center/Segerstrom Hall, and the Irvine Barclay Theater as a member of a the Anya Foundation Piano Ensemble created to promote childhood safety. She has also traveled across the world to perform in venues in Asia, such as at the Bejing Conservatory of Music in China and in numerous performances in Tokyo, Japan.
In addition, she has performed at the Paramount Motion Picture Studios for the “Celebrate Life with Hope” childhood cancer survivor’s annual celebration event. In spring of 2008, at the composer’s request, Ariel was featured in a documentary film about the famous American composer, Benjamin Lees. She was invited to perform for the composer and was his VIP guests during the premier of this documentary, “The Musical Life of Benjamin Lees” by Joel Hochberg. Ariel has always been generous and willing to share her musical talents for humanitarian benefits such as for the tsunami relief benefit concert in Phoenix, hospitals, community and senior centers, high schools, and churches. She also won the pianist scholarship for the Warsaw Piano Institute in Poland and was able to travel to Warsaw to perform in the summer of 2010. Also, Ariel, as a part of the Yusona Trio, recently performed as the pianist at the Mozarteum in Austria in spring of 2012. Ariel and her chamber group have most recently been invited to perform in venues in Russia, Estonia, and Finland.
Ariel has won a variety of piano competitions and scholarships including her win at the 2010 Inland Empire Piano Festival, and the Inland Empire Rotary Piano Competition. She was also the grand prize winner of the 2007 Long Beach Mozart Festival, MTAC Los Angeles Branch Scholarship Competition, OEC Music Scholarship Competition on Orange County, and others. She has also performed a concerto with the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony under the baton of Dr. Ivan Shulman on two separate occasions.
In addition to the piano, Ariel is an accomplished cellist and was selected by audition to perform two seasons with the Pasadena Pops Symphony Orchestra’s Side-by-Side summer concert program. She attended high school at the Orange County High School of the Arts and participated in the OCHSA symphony orchestra. Ariel has also appeared as a cellist in a major Paramount Studios feature film and served as principle cellist of the La Sierra University orchestra for the 2011-12 school year.
Ariel recently completed her Masters degree in Piano Performance studying under Mr. Norman Krieger at the USC Thornton School of Music where she was inducted into the prestigious National Music Honor Society- Pi Kappa Lambda for her exceptional performance, musically and academically. She has also studied piano with Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, Dr. Anna Grinberg, Dr. Vadim Serebryany, and Mr. Ethan Dong, and has studied cello with Wendy Liu, Julie Jung and FangFang Xu.
I am teaching kids at a range of ages as part of the faculty at the Hills Academy of Music, Art, and Dance. I teach piano lessons as well as music theory and history.
I taught young kids from the Academy that signed up for lessons. I organized/played accompaniment for many of the non-piano youngsters in recitals as well.
After lessons with their respective teachers, many kids would be assigned theory homework assignments. They had the option to come to me for help.