What is your background in your chosen art form?

Funnily enough, when a neighbour was throwing out their electric piano, my parents saw the opportunity to get me to start learning piano. I joined a group keyboard class in a small music school in East London aged 8 and went on to complete ABRSM piano exams and perform at festivals across London. In 2010, I was accepted to the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama Saturday school and stayed until I left for University in 2016.

 What are you working on ahead of Platform?

I’m looking at performing one of the Brahms Klavierstüke from his late Opuses. It often takes a high degree of maturity to fully understand the broader picture in Brahms’ writing. He is very orchestral and conveying this can be quite a challenge; given just 10 fingers and a piano.  I am having lessons from local concert pianist Nicola Meecham, ensuring I get as much expertise and guidance as possible in the lead up to the performance itself.

If you are collaborating with other students tell us a bit about the process and how it’s going?

Alongside my solo performance, I’m working on accompanying the 4 Violin Concerto by Vivaldi. Working with violinists Octavia, Michael, Katie and Catrina has been really enjoyable so far and the four really work well as a group – it makes accompanying easier and more fluent.

Do you find any links between your creativity and your course?

I wouldn’t say there is a direct link. There are barriers to progress in both piano practice and Economic study which are similar in nature, yes, but I’d say they are generally quite distant. 

What/who inspires, influences or drives you?

Pianists that have inspired me include Perahia, Horowitz, Gould, Argerich, Grimaud. My piano teacher of six years back in London was a huge inspiration regarding style and the deeper context of pieces, given his doctorate in musicology.

Do you have any other creative pursuits?

As a composer, I also enjoy incorporating elements of pieces I love into my own work, be it a similar character or idea behind the piece.

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A neighbour was throwing out their electric piano and my parents saw the opportunity for me to start learning

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