I have two careers: music and photography.
Music began with studying piano at The Juilliard School from age eight in the Preparatory Division, to later earning degrees from Juilliard, studying with Sasha Gorodnitzki and Rosina Lhévinne. I won the Kosciuszko Foundation's Chopin Prize and the Morris Loeb Prize from Juilliard. I gave solo recitals, played a concerto with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and then accompanied many recitals of Kyung-Wha Chung, Yo-Yo Ma (including his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall), Renata Tebaldi, and Jon Vickers, among others. With Vickers, I toured in Canada and the United States, and there is a commercial recording (VAI) of us performing Schubert's Die Winterreise. I returned to the piano in 2008 after many years, and have begun performing in public again. My first performance, in 2009 is on YouTube, of Málaga, from Iberia by Albéniz. Then, in 2011 I was able to make a recording of the entire Iberia, which prompted me to build this website.
New videos from a July 2012 concert are viewable HERE.
Photography as a profession began in the 1970's. I learned technical skills from books, and composition from reading and from studying famous photographs and paintings. I started by photographing art objects for collectors, then gravitated to portraiture, which I love because it adds elements of psychology and intuition, and allows me to know many more people than I would know otherwise. See my musicians' portraits HERE.
I've had photos, mostly of musicians and concerts, published in Time, Life, Newsweek and People magazines, and many photos in the New York Times Arts & Leisure section over the years. Artists I've photographed for posters, CD and LP covers include Peter Schickele, Rob Kapilow, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Elly Ameling, Isaac Stern, Rudolf Serkin, Peter Serkin, Carol Wincenc, and Seiji Ozawa.