Hometown: Maple Grove, Minn.
Piece: Mily Balakirev — Islamey: Oriental Fantasy
Why did you choose this piece?
Many people like to focus on the technical and physical aspects of Islamey. However, I personally bringing out the folk and lyrical tones of the piece. Islamey is based off folk dances and music from a region around the Middle East and Russia. I chose this piece because it is a joy for me to highlight these themes and share them with other people.