Hometown: Maple Grove, Minn.
Piece: Aram Khachaturian — Sonatina in C major
Why do you love to perform?
Why do you love to perform? I am a performer. Before a concert I get nervous, my hands shake and I start to sweat. But then I walk up there. I breathe. I begin my piece. Then, slowly, my nerves go away and it's just me and the piano. Alone. And I play. I play better than I have ever played the piece. My hands flow up and down the keys like water. I love entertaining and this art allows me to express myself in a way that doesn't make me nervous. Performing is my favorite of the music. I can't entertain people enough.