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About Estela K.

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Hello! My name is Estela, and I've been teaching private lessons since 2001. I enjoy helping students create beautiful music, develop good techniques, and play along with any song through improvisation. I have played violin for over 22 years including orchestras, string ensembles, church worship bands, and weddings and special occasions.

I have an undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in violin from Louisiana State University and a master's degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin. I have also worked for 6 years as an ESL teacher and am very patient with new learners, immigrants/foreigners, and kids.
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Mayu November 23, 2017
· ESL · Online
She is a kind teacher,give a lot of advices for me.I am looking forward next lesson!
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Asim H. October 2, 2017
· ESL · In studio
Nice teacher
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David September 5, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My boy said she is good, he understands better. I think she knows what he needs to learn.
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Estela K.

Estela K.

Houston, TX 77099
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About Laura C.

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Houston, TX
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About Laura
I am a mezzo soprano with a bachelor and masters of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Houston. I am pursuing a career in opera while teaching private voice and piano lessons,
During my voice lessons I like to focus on developing the student's voice through a classical approach. By forming a strong foundation in healthy singing the student will be able to sing in various genres without strain to his/her voice.
In my piano lessons I use the series of method books, Piano Adventures, developed by Nancy and Randall Faber. Through these instructions the student will learn to read music as well as establish a proficiency for playing the piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
If you take lessons from me we will have fun while working hard. I develop my lessons around what I feel the student needs on that particular day.
In a
voice lesson we might spend the entire time on technique exercises to strengthen the voice. We might also work on several songs with an emphasis on interpretation.
In regards my piano lessons, I generally stick to the curriculum, but will take the time to focus on the individual needs of the student.
I expect my students to practice at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. Everyone learns at a different rate, but if the student practices regularly, he/she will see progress within a few months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an upright piano in my studio as well as several music books. I expect my students to bring their music as well as their assignment book to every lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in a classical technique when it comes to teaching voice. I focus on proper breath support and a relaxed open larynx to produce a free, beautiful sound. I believe a classical foundation can be applied to any musical genre, with the result that you are singing in a healthy manner that will not damage your vocal chords, thus allowing for a longer singing career.
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stephen J. October 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Laura is a very good piano teacher. My son loves her class. My son has improved an lot after her class. Will recommend her for piano classes.
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Abbey October 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Very good at making lesson and you feel comfortable and capable. Extremely patient and encouraging
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Abbey October 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Very good at making lesson and you feel comfortable and capable. Extremely patient and encouraging
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Laura C.

Laura C.

Houston, TX 77096
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About Dat N.

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Combine theory and practice, training focused on theory, sight seeing, ear-training, along with technically building strength and dexterity in your fingers along with musical internalization, introduction to different musical styles and notable composers and their contributions to music developments as well as exemplary compositions. Goal end is to have prepared the learner pathway and readiness for achieving professional career in classical and modern genres.
I studied Music with Concentration in Piano & Organ at Northern Virginia Community College and transferred to George Mason University to advance in pedagogy. I have taught music for 15 years and joined several different bands playing at parties, concerts, and events in VA and now in Texas. Passion and Patience are all you need when it comes to learning music. So join me and I can
help you with your journey to the exciting world, it's music world!!

*** Lesson Details ***
I use "the Bastien Piano" Series for kids and "John Thompson's Adult Piano Course" for adults. The Complete Keyboard Player series by Kenneth Baker will be taught to keyboard students. I will also accept your own preferred music material. By the end of second month, the student would be able to play instrument with some confidence.

Beginning to advanced, tailoring to individual needs and objectives with focus technically on ability to play efficiently, solo and accompanying, using all music mechanics.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: Piano (88 keys/weighted), Organ, music stands, recording device. Additional seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
cllassical and rock styled music
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Dat N.

Dat N.

Houston, TX 77072
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$20 / 30-min

About Troy W.

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Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students.

Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over ten
years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student.

To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet.
The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons.
Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please!

Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age.

Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
• To reschedule a lesson, more than one day notice is required.

• Make up lessons must be scheduled before the next regular lesson.

• A make up lesson cannot be scheduled in place of a regular lesson.

• If, for any reason, two 30-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 30-minute lessons, not one 60 minute lesson which is a different rate.

• If, for any reason, two 45-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 45-minute lessons, not one 90 minute lesson which is a different rate.

• the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha DGX-650 weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard
area for parents to sit and observe lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.
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Peter W. August 12, 2017
· Singing · In home
Very tutor easy to follow and knowledgable
However, location was said to be 2.7 miles from me, it is actually 21 miles...... beware and double check!!
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Angelika July 17, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
So far, I look forward to each lesson! Troy is very kind, yet very helpful and has helped me target on my personal goals with opera while also learning more each time! I highly recommend him. It doesn't matter if you have no experience in voice or only experience in voice ( as my experience is theatre and musical theatre), he is patient in helping you achieve the goals set. I cannot wait to continue lessons with him!
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Jonathan May 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Troy is a rare talent in the Houston area. He's well qualified, very detailed, and has a great sense of humor. Troy has been teaching me for 6 months and I have come so far. I'll go sing karaoke anytime! Thank you Troy!
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Troy W.

Houston, TX 77006
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About Andrew D.

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Music is my life. As cheesy as that phrase goes, for me, it holds true. Everything I do and have been doing has been geared towards music. I've been in one working/gigging band or other without break for the past 10 years. I began intensely learning to play guitar at the age of 9 and have not stopped. The second I started learning I knew that that was what I wanted to do. Fast forward to now, and here I am loving every minute of it. I took lessons of my own as a kid, which helped shape me greatly. I then picked up bass at the age of 13.
I've taught personalized lessons for over 7 years now without a single complaint. At this point in my musical career, the majority of my experience and attitude has come from being "in the field". I've played South By South West, Austin City Limits, Westheimer Block Party, opened up for bands like
the Misfits and the Shins, shared the stage with bands like The Wallflowers, Minus the Bear, and Echo and the Bunnymen, and been on tour and lived the whole life more often than not!
YOU can be an active musician. If you have the passion and desire. The first step though, is learning your instrument. Learning an instrument is something that stays with you for the rest of your life. It's an unfaltering companion that can benefit you in so many ways. I like to toss out the strict "teacher/student" regiment and create a laid back, fun, easy going atmosphere. I want to be buds and SHARE music with each other and introduce you into this world that I have grown to love so so much. There is nothing more rewarding. I promise. So let's get started!

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I am very laid back. Your progress is directly linked to you. I will give it my all to teach you and help you, but if you don't practice or soak it in, that's on you! I hate having a tense, seminar type lesson atmosphere. Lessons with me will be easy going and relaxed. I don't want to have to put on a sweater vest and wag my finger as a I scold you. That's just not me.
However, I DO expect you to get things done. Why waste your time with lessons if you're not going to take them seriously on any level? The curriculum will be totally personalized for YOU. After all, not everybody likes the same music and style. The first lesson or two will be getting a handle on exactly what YOU want to learn and what YOU want out of it. Finding out your favorite bands/artists, guitar players, bass players, etc. There's nothing worse than being taught something you have no desire for, but having it drilled into your head week after week! So whether that be blues, folk, metal, whatever, that's the first step. With that information I'll begin constructing and laying out the rest of your lesson plan.

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Although I assume you have an instrument of your own (if not I recommend getting one, it sort of helps), if you're looking to just try things out at first I have more than a few extra that I'd be happy to let you use. My teaching studio doubles as a recording studio as well. This means 2 things: if ever you would like to record some of your music you know where to go! And also, I have the means to record the entire lesson if you'd like. You'll need to supply the blank CD(s) of course. It's not a requirement to record the lesson, just an option! Basically, I have everything you could ever possibly need for music lessons here. So you're set.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitars, amps, etc. anything that would be needed I've got!

*** Specialties ***
I am versed in blues, rock, metal, folk, hardcore, acoustic-finger-style and various other acoustic styles, and more. Through teaching and experience as a working musician I have mastered most genres and styles. When sitting at home jamming in my free time, I probably most frequently find myself playing acoustic finger-style, blues, folk, or hardcore, but love and appreciate most styles. So, bring it on!
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Jim T. October 26, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Andrew is a great teacher. He is a very nice guy who puts you at ease from the beginning. His love and appreciation of music is infectious. After each lesson with Andrew I feel excited about becoming a musician. He explains things in a way that makes sense to a beginner and it’s obvious that he wants to help his students become good musicians. I’m glad that I found a guitar teacher like Andrew. I look forward, with Andrew’s help, to making my life-long dream of being a guitar player finally come true.
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Liz October 12, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
This guy is not only talented but an amazing human being that has the love for music and making you better.

He is patient, funny and easy going. He makes the class fun and zero stress. Day 1 to where I am now is unbelievable and it's due to my practice but Andrew's lessons and guidance.

Thanks buddy!
You should seek him out for sure!
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Jennifer October 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Andrew does a great job of going at the pace of the student and making learning the guitar an easy process!
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Andrew D.

Katy, TX 77450
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About Daniel Z.

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Houston, TX
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For more than 17 years, Daniel has maintained a private teaching studio of piano, guitar, bass guitar, and composition students. He has also taught music technology, music theory, and American music at Rice University, Lee College, The Art Institute of Houston, and Collin County Community College.

Daniel encourages students to think deeply, work hard, and earn achievements by concentrating on music that moves them. Lessons will include technique, note reading, varied literature, and theory.

Thanks to his background in classical, jazz, popular, and experimental music, learning music from him will give you a well-rounded learning experience.

Besides being a musician, he is also known to be a video artist, cartoonist, and origami enthusiast.

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano lessons
Guitar lessons
Bass guitar lessons
Composition a
nd theory lessons
Audio production lessons

*** Studio Equipment ***
One upright piano, one grand piano, acoustic guitar, acoustic bass guitar, electric bass guitar (student should bring his/her own instrument except piano, of course)

*** Specialties ***
classical piano, jazz piano, improvisation, music theory, pop/folk guitar, bass guitar.
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Cheire L. May 8, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Daniel is very talented in music. I admire his ability to sing the tune by looking at notes. His flexibility allows me to set my own time and goals. With his help, I am able to excel in ABRSM exams that previous teachers couldn't. I'm happy to have him as my piano teacher.
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Andrew D. September 11, 2014
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Quite knowledgeable and strong teaching skills!
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Daniel Z.

Houston, TX 77074
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About Minzo K.

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Houston, TX

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My name is Minzo, and I'm a cellist and educator originally from Philadelphia! I graduated from the Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelors of Music in cello performance. Upon graduating in 2016, I moved to Houston in order to pursue a Masters of Music degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

As an educator, I have experience teaching young children who have never touched a cello before, to advanced college students who have been studying for as long as I have! Each student has his or her own difficulties, and my lessons are tailored specifically for each student. From week to week, whatever the issues, the student can be assured that specific difficulties will be targeted.

If you are a beginning student, young or old, I will teach you the basics of cello playing, such as hand p
ositions, note names, and terminology of the different parts of the cello. As you become more advanced, we will begin to explore musicality, such as shaping phrases and understanding how the music works as the composer intended. I do encourage an open dialogue between the student and teacher, as often there might be something that I can learn from you!

As a cellist, I have had the honor of performing for and working closely with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Robert DeMaine, Jeremy Denk, and countless others for masterclasses and concerts. In order to get a sense of where my schooling is from, I studied for 5 years under Alan Stepansky, who is the former Associate Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic. Currently, I study with Desmond Hoebig, who has had the title of Principal Cellist of the Cleveland, Houston, and Cincinatti orchestras. I have learned everything that I know from these great cellists, and I hope to pass what I’ve learned on to you!
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Megan June 17, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Minzo was my summer instructor for three months. Though I only had the opportunity to be mentored by him for a short period of time, by the end of the summer I could easily see how greatly and quickly I improved! He is a fantastic cellist, and it goes to show through his ability to develop technique and musicality. I always felt motivated and challenged during our lessons. He is a great teacher for any cellist regardless of prior experience or skill level!
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Minzo K.

Houston, TX 77030
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About Mei (May) I.

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Ms. Im started to learn piano at about 7 and got her ABRSM Piano Grade 8 certificate in 2007. After that, Ms. Im taught in Ka Wan Piano Company in Macau for 3 years and did a lot of piano accompaning with many macau musicians. Since then, she has been very active in the piano field, both teaching and accompanying.

Ms. Im started to learn harp at about 15 at the Macau Conservatory. Her first harp teacher is the former harp principal of Macau Orchestra, Ms Lee Li Chun. Ms. Im joined the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra as harp principal since 2009 and started to study with Dr. Teresa Suen, harp faculty of Carleton University in Ottawa. She has performed in many well-known venues with the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra, including the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Smetana Hall in Prague, Lake
Garda in Italy and concert halls in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and more. She was later admitted by University of Houston with scholarship and started to study with the harp principal of Houston Symphony and faculty of Rice University, Ms Paula Page, and graduated in 2011. Ms.Im has been served as the principal harpist at the Moores Opera House since season 2011 and has also played with Corpus Cristi Symphony, Texas Medical Center Orchestra and symphony orchestras of both University of Houston and Rice University. Besides winning the first place of Milligan Harp Competition in 2012, she also joined numerous music festivals such as Texas Music Festival, Marrowstone Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival and many others. She just finished her master's degree in music performance at Northwestern University with form harp principal of Chicago Lyric Opera, Ms Elizabeth Cifani, who has offered her the largest sum of scholarship ever among the harp studio there.
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Tiffany October 5, 2017
· Harp · In studio
Ms. Im is a really nice teacher while she is also very strict and serious when it comes to the details of music, she is also very experienced in orchestral playing where she helped me a lot with my school orchestra repertoires!
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Mike September 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Awesome teacher and fun lessons for my kids who aged 5 & 7 when they first started, still sticking with her!
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Wai September 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very professional and great communication with both me and my girl, highly recommended teacher!
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Mei (May) I.

Missouri City, TX 77459
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About Ahyeon Y.

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Born and raised in South Korea, Ahyeon became fascinated with classical music through CD’s and, at the age of six, began piano lessons. She later earned a bachelor's degree in piano performance at Sookmyung Women's University, a master's degree in piano performance pedagogy at Arizona State University, and a DMA in solo performance, also at ASU, where she studied with Steinway Artist Walter Cosand. Ahyeon was granted a Special Talent Award at ASU, and won second prize at The American Prize, second prize at the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, second prize at the New York Artists International Competition, third prize at the I Future Stars International Piano Competition, second prize at The American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, third prize at the International London Grand Prize Virtuoso Com
petition, and third prize at Haneum Music Competition in Korea. She has performed in the Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and various other venues. She plans to continue her performance, recording, and teaching career featuring the music of Walter Saul and other composers.
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Pearland, TX 77584
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About Tszto W.

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Hi there! My name is Tszto and I am originally from Hong Kong. I graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Master degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. I recently moved to Houston to continue my studies as a graduate student at the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University.

Having 20 years of playing experience definitely helps my teaching. Also, I have been through a period of three years without a cello teacher and having to re-work myself for all the basics and fundamental work after I started taking lesson again. This experience taught me so much on how to start learning the instrument from scratch and also how to "rehab" your bad habit.

As a pedagogue, this is my 8th year of teaching the cello. I am fully trained and registered with the Suzuki Association of Amercas. I have a Master degree in Cello Pedagog
y. I am teaching mainly in Suzuki Method. I was an assistant teacher at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies for two years. I take students from age 3 up and in any level.

As a cellist, I have the privilege to work with some of the greatest musicians in the world such as Lorin Maazel, Lynn Harrell, Peter Salaff and the Cavani Quartet. I received the Appassionata Endowed Scholarship in Music from Shepherd School to study with Norman Fischer. Before I moved to Houston, I studied with Mark Kosower, who is the current cello principal of the Cleveland Orchestra. I have had the honour to receive the Hong Kong Arts Circle Fellowship from Asian Cultural Council and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs music scholarship for my studies. I am also the Gold Prize Winner in Cleveland Cello Society Competition – Collegiate Division and the 1st Place Winner in American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition in 2016.
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Houston, TX 77005
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