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feature by UCLA Newsroom!

Updated: Mar 3, 2019

The piano's only available today because of how cold it is - a chilly January morning in Los Angeles that promises weeks of atypical rain and ridiculously low temperatures to follow. It's an outside piano, so when I try to play my fingers are frigid, but that doesn't stop me. The cold's worth it, anyway - a small price to pay for the chance to play my own original piano compositions on a full-sized grand piano. Grand pianos are a rare thing in college - you learn to treat them like special blessings whenever you stumble on one.

I've had people come up and compliment me before - even drawn a crowd. But on that morning in January, I don't just draw a crowd - I draw a film crew. They tell me they're filming a documentary for Switzerland National TV, and that the protagonist (if you will), a foreign exchange student from Switzerland, has "fallen in love" with my music and wants them to film me for the documentary. Next thing I know, UCLA Residential Life has requested to talk to me further and record me for a feature for the official UCLA Newsroom.

I invite you to take a look at the story below - and I hope you enjoy the article as much as I enjoyed being a part of it! I am very grateful to Alison Hewitt, Sebastian Hernandez, Saryl Radwin, the UCLA Residential Life social media team, and everybody at UCLA who made this possible (and braved the fifty-five degree morning cold to shoot the video for the story!).

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