Music

I've been a student of classical piano for more than a decade and am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition degree at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music. I avidly enjoy playing the instrument, as I enjoy composing for it. Though it's rare that I manage to record a piece to my liking, or finish one of the countless compositions I've begun, these are a few of my favorite works.
All videos below, and more, can be found on my YouTube channel.

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Recordings

November 4, 2014: From our November 2014 "More Than Mozart" concert: Percy Grainger's rousing "Country Gardens," based on an English folk melody


November 4, 2014: From our November 2014 "More Than Mozart" concert: Claude Debussy's L'isle Joyeuse, "The Joyful Island"


June 28, 2013: The first piece of Sergei Prokofiev's magnificent "Episodes" suite., opus 12. I couldn't bear the dissonance of this piece the first time I heard it; by the 7th listening, I had grown quite fond of it.


November 13, 2011: My cover of a piece by the amazing neo-classical composer Isaac Shepard. An earlier "recording" of this in 2008, when I was 12, was one of my first YouTube uploads.


January 12, 2011: The Adagio from Beethoven's magnifique "Pathétique" sonata. Unfortunately the over-sensitive mic on my camera made the melody line sound a little too forceful (at least that's my excuse).


June 10, 2010: My third and final recording of Schubert's Serenade (my earliest version was the first piece I uploaded to YouTube). Having learned this piece from three different scores, I ended up somewhat making my own arragement.





September 30, 2009: A short etude by Burgmüller titled "The Gypsies." Yes, I did take the liberty of adding that sforzando chord at the very end. The piece was just begging for it.

 

Compositions and Arrangements

December 25, 2015: My setting of the "Ave Maria" text for a capella SATB choir or small ensemble. As I do not yet have a recording of this by actual singers, this is a melody-only rendition by a digital string quartet (Garritan Personal Orchestra). This piece received an honourable mention in the Toronto Amadeus Choir's International Seasonal Song-Writing Competition in December 2015.


February 8, 2015: Three short etudes for piano. The first étude, written almost entirely on a single treble stave, features a simple repetitious melodic pattern with an accompaniment in the left hand that shares the same range as the melody. Though it is marked 'assez vite,' this simulation plays it at a leisurely 100 BPM, from where it could be sped up according to the skill of the pianist. The second étude features a slow 'gallop' of two-note chords played against the same rhythmic pattern in the bass offset by an eighth rest. The third étude, a scherzo, features rapid eighth-note runs in the right hand, paired with large leaps between two-note chords in the left hand and, in its middle section, a motif of rapid repeated thirds.


February 8, 2015: "Caprice-Rêverie." The piece is an unlikely juxtaposition between an angular fanfare-like caprice and a sweeping rêverie. The caprice opens with a melody seemingly in E major, but with an accompaniment in the subdominant key, creating a mischievous clash of harmonies. After persistent interruption, it falls apart to the rêverie before returning with more harmonic stability.


November 30, 2014: "Valse-Bagatelle." Another valse, this time of a shorter, simpler variety, hence the name "bagatelle" ("trifle").


June 21, 2014: "Valse in F major." You may notice that, although the title clearly indicates the key of this piece as F major, the piece hardly spends any time in F major. This is not due to an oversight, but simply because I enjoy the whimsicality of frequent modulation.


January 16, 2014: "Valse in E minor." A newly composed valse (waltz) based on the melody of my very first composition, "Allegro con anima" from 2009.


November 20, 2013: "Musette in Db." An original composition inspired by the "bal-musette" dance style most popular in France during the early 20th century. Amuse-toi! In March 2014, this piece won a gold score in its category in the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival.


April 23, 2013: "Prelude in A flat." I believe this to be my personal musical description of happiness. :)


May 16, 2012: "Scherzo in A Major," a piece with definitely the catchiest melody I happened to come up with so far. In March 2013, this piece won a gold score in its category in the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival.


February 9, 2012: A piano arrangement of Hans Zimmer's "Discombobulate," the theme from Guy Ritchie's new Sherlock Holmes movies. This was a lot of fun to make.