I am almost 40 years old, and my life has revolved around music, especially the piano, since I was 8. I fell in love with the piano at my first lesson. Music has helped me to find joy in life even in the hardest times, not just for myself but also because my musical gifts brought joy to others.
I knew, when I won a gold medal with a top grade of 1+ at the close of my studies in a national musical conservatory near Paris, that my years-long practice had paid off: playing the piano is my life, my calling.I no longer wanted to emulate a Mozart wunderkind; I wanted only more to improve my piano and achieve a higher level. So at 21, I left my homeland and began studies at the Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe. I took an apartment in Alsace; now I live in the “Goethe village” of Sessenheim.
In Karlsruhe, I studied in different departments of piano. Finally, I studied with Professors Uhde and Stange, and received my diploma with distinction in piano pedagogy and as a concert pianist. My interests in pedagogy and chamber music strengthened each other, and I emphasized accompaniment of singers, both German Lieder and French chansons. I love both genres still today. Unfortunately, an accident that seriously injured one arm prevented me from taking also the diploma in accompaniment, and I had to take a break from my studies. It was two years before I could again play without pain.
My love of teaching tipped the scales; I specialized as a piano teacher, which has been my full-time job for nearly ten years. In exchange for the travel-intensive life of the concert pianist, teaching has also allowed me a family life with my two children, a boy and a girl who bringme great joy.
The musical literature of the piano teacher, like those of chamber music and vocal accompaniment, contain many jewels. Here are some of my favorites:
- chamber and solo music of Mozart, Beethove, Schubert, Debussy, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Messiaen, Ravel, Fauré, Milhaud, and Satie, among composers of the last two hundred years.
- accompaniment of songs by Mozart, Schubert, Wolf, Schumann and Brahms; I also love Debussy, Milhaud, and Satie.
- all of these allow me to expand my horizons as a pianist.
I would like to share my artistic capacities and my skills as a teacher with you. I am ready also to share cultural, social, and societal activities and events, to enrich both our horizons.