Hometown: New Hope, Minn.
Piece: Frédéric Chopin — Etude Op. 25, No. 10
Why do you love to perform?
I love performing because I've been doing it my whole life. I love the stage the way my heart beats when everyone watches me play. Performing is one of my most favorite things to do because I can showcase my talents to a broad audience of classical music lovers, or people who are new to experiencing the music. To see the hard work I put into a piece finally get showcased, and to finally get up after the finale to applause is what really makes my heart burst. The applause I hear after performing are the marking end to my hard work, and they signify a new beginning. That's why I love performing.