I am a Los Angeles-based collaborative pianist with over two decades of experience performing classical, pop, and musical theater repertoire. I believe that we as musicians create the most vibrant and effective performances when we discuss musical ideas as a team and identify thematic narratives in the music that are relevant to our lives. I am committed to creating strengths-based and supportive rehearsal spaces because we are at our best when we feel safe and valued. I seek out artistic partners who share my social justice values and are interested in spotlighting works by musicians of color. I especially enjoy collaborating with choreographers and exploring the infinite intersections between music and movement.
I consider myself a Swiss army knife of a musician: I am a strong sightreader, I read chord charts, I am fluent in classical, musical theater, and pop genres. I am equally comfortable directing musicians as I am following a baton. You can find me playing in dance technique classes at USC; studio sessions; musical theater productions (click here for a list of shows I've played); and on stage with instrumentalists/vocalists (click here for a partial rep list). Click here for a list of songs I play on repeat.
I am forever grateful to Margreet Francis at The Hartt School for shaping me as a musician and a collaborator. I am also indebted to Dr. Tali Tadmor (CSUN), Jim Ahrend, Michael Anthony, and Keigo Hirakawa for their feedback and encouragement. And as always, much gratitude to JVZ for his steady support and unflappable faith in me.