About: Larry Weng
Instrument you teach: Piano
Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? I used to dabble with violin and guitar, but gave them up when I entered college.
Education: Columbia Juilliard Exchange Program, BA in Economics, MM in Piano Performance; Yale School of Music, AD and current doctoral candidate.
Where are you from? I was originally born in China, but grew up in Boston.
Favorite age group to teach: All.
Favorite style of music to teach:The Viennese classics.
Favorite song: Currently, Après un Rêve by Fauré.
Favorite piece of music: Currently, the Schubert Cello Quintet.
Favorite food: Too many to list.
Favorite color: Blue.
Do you have any pets? I’ve always wanted pets, but unfortunately have allergies to most things furry and cute.
What’s your favorite musical memory? My new favorite musical memory happened recently, when I had my Carnegie Stern Auditorium debut. The feeling of walking onto that hallowed stage and looking up to see the hall stretching out before me was incomparable; even the many years of imagining and dreaming of the moment dulled in comparison.
What do you like best about teaching music? Being able to communicate and inspire love for music in my students.
Who is your favorite composer or musician? Franz Schubert, for his ability to portray the deep complexities of the human condition in the most rarified and crystalline of forms.
What was the first piece of music you ever learned? I think the first real piece that I remember truly learning was Für Elise, after much arguing with my teacher because she claimed it was too difficult for me at the time.
How many hours a day do you practice? Between four and seven.
How long have you been at TBMS? 2015 will be my first year!