Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet – Evgeny Kissin

This is my favorite pianist.  Last time I saw him play, it was 20 years ago in Boston.

Selecting a Student Piano

Found this page which has useful tips on how to purchase a piano. Especially helpful advice when selecting a new instrument for your student:

How to Buy a Piano – wikiHow

Avoid electronic keyboards. These are not the same feel or tone as a real piano. The keys are usually unweighted, the instruments don’t have pedals, and they sound terrible. What you need is a real upright or grand piano. These can be rented or purchased. Renting is not a bad idea for beginners if you are not sure. For my competition students, it is best to have a real grand piano available to practice on daily.

You also will need to identify a good piano tuner. You should have a piano tuner come and service your piano at least once a year, and preferably twice per year.

Fall 2010 Studio Announcements

As of August, 2010, tuition rates are as follows:

  • 30 min. – $38/hr
  • 45 min. – $55/hr
  • 60 min. – $73/hr (required for competition and certification exam students)

Currently my studio has one opening,  please contact me to get on my waiting list as openings do come up from time to time.

2010 US Open Winners!

Congratulations to Eugene Chou 2nd place winner and Leon Chou 4th place winner in this year’s US Open piano competition!

2010 Spring Recital

Happy New Year!! Our annul studio recital is coming soon!!

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2010

Time: 1:00-2:30 and 2:30-4:00 (There will be two sections this year, so no need to sit there for 3 long hours. I will send out a detailed schedule to let your family know which section you will be in.)

Location: East Bay Formosan United Methodist Church 1755 Sunnyvale Ave Walnut Creek, CA

US Open Piano Competition 2009 Winners

I would like to say congratulations to my students Eugene and Leon Chou for their wonderful competition results (US open) and all their hard work!

Eugene Chou: Treasury of Classical-Advanced–4th place
Leon Chou Showcase Piano Solo–4th place.

They will play award concert this coming Saturday, for more detail please check

Students Perform with SF Boy’s Chorus at Obama Inauguration

Congratulations to my student Eugene Chou who got to sing in today’s inauguration ceremony with the San Francisco Boy’s Chorus!

Spring Recital 2009

Date: 3/22/2009 Sunday

Time: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM


East Bay Formosan United Methodist Church
1755 Sunnyvale Ave
Walnut Creek, CA 94597.

For United Sates open music competition students* Please check the website at for current announcements.

2/28 Memorial Concert for Taiwan

I will be playing in a 2/28 Incident Memorial Concert at East Bay Formosan United Methodist Church in Walnut Creek. The performance will be on Sunday, February 22th, at 2 PM. I will be playing Brahms, Scherzo Opus 4. There will also be several friends performing from San Francisco Symphony.

Location: East Bay Formosan United Methodist Church 1755 Sunnyvale Ave
Walnut Creek, CA

2008 American Fine Arts Festival Competition Winners

I want to express how proud I am of Eugene, Leon, Patrick, Linda, and Vishank for participating in the American Fine Arts Festival 2008 Competition. The competition was exceptionally difficult, with over 600 participants. All five of my students were selected by the judges as winners and have been invited to perform in New York City. Congratulations to you all for your hard work and for doing such a great job!

For more information on the American Fine Arts Festival, please visit

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