About two weeks ago, I became determined to get in touch with my piano instructor from college. I hadn't seen her since she moved to St. Louis in 2001. I'm not sure what prompted me to start searching, but it probably had something to do with me reworking a Hindemith piano sonata. I was practicing for five or six hours a day, and her voice kept popping into my head as I was playing.
When you are a performance major, you will most likely have just one teacher for your instrument throughout your entire college career. It's easy to forget that your teacher may have had hundreds or even thousands of students. When I emailed Chiann-Yi, I wasn't completely sure that she would remember me. But thankfully she did, and we sent a few emails back and forth before deciding to meet up for coffee in St. Louis.
It was one of the highlights of my year.
Chiann-Yi has influenced me as a musician more than just about anyone else. She introduced me to Ravel and Hindemith, and she is a large part of the reason why I still practice, and still attempt to refine my skill. She taught me to love music in a way that I didn't before I met her. I'm extremely thankful that our paths have crossed again.