My Story

Music has been my guide through the beautiful and fragile parts of my life ever since I discovered the magic of playing the piano.​
 

My grandfather purchased an old upright piano

for me at the age of 6,

in hopes I would have the opportunity

he never had...to be a pianist. 

At first, I absolutely despised sitting on a piano bench, practicing the same notes over and over again. My grandparents and friends were excited by the tunes I could play, but sitting at the piano required too much practice, according to me.

It was at the cusp of my teenage years when I was watching my brother's piano teacher play Pachelbel's Canon in D.

It was that day, I embarked on a mission

to play that piece like her.

I fell in love with the pursuit of playing piano pieces to express delicate feelings in such a gracious way, without saying a word.

Since I often felt that I was a misfit, music became my remedy for whatever I was experiencing. 

I went on to compete in music festivals, debuted with an orchestra twice at historic theaters, and continued to privately study piano with Walter Ponce, distinguished faculty at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Professor Ponce encouraged me to explore composition after I shared one of my pieces with him.

It was because of his encouragement, I explored, obsessively, despite pursuing a degree in a different field, Economics and Public Health.

The solo piano music I create comes from a sacred place in my heart, a pure one, seeking resolve from the misunderstandings in this life we live. It's the type of music you listen to when you need a hug or fuzzy blanket after a long day of work.

 

Regarding my career, I worked several jobs (which I'll write about in my blog) until I created a position for myself. 

I used my business background and passion for music to imagine and implement, the Mindful Music Program, the marriage between the music and health care industry. For over half a decade, I was on the forefront of selecting talent and producing music concerts as a wellness program for healthcare workforce, scientists, and trainees across UCLA Health. I spoke about the concept at conferences such as TedX UCLA and the International Arts & Health Conference in England. 

After getting a million "Who do you think you are?" statements about my vision for Mindful Music, it was rewarding to see the positive impact it had for thousands of delightful fans from such a large organization (7th largest employer in the State of California). [Stay tuned I'll be writing about my experiences in my blog.]

I came to realize I brought the program to a place it can exist and thrive without me as leader.

Evidently, my music has been my companion and confidant rather than my career, for now. 

While I continue taking on creative projects by day at Oniracom, in the marketing and business strategy space (to keep a roof over my head), my music lives on.

I hope to help listeners out there, feel understood and comforted through the music I produce and discover.

This blog is meant to be a place to visit where I can share the music that helps me get through the highs and lows of life. 

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