I am a student in London majoring in piano (for my “professional” biography, see below, heh) I started this blog around 2013/2014 just to share a bit of the Christ in me. Also some photos of places I have been. I have been a part of a church in London known as All Souls for two and a half years now, and cannot be more grateful for the shepherding I have received there. Learning to receive grace and give grace everyday.
Some random facts about me:
Favourite Composers: J.S Bach, Schumann, Brahms, and Scriabin
Favourite Music genres: Classical; Jazz; To many people’s surprise, rap; any kind of “chill” music I guess.
Favourite Artists: OneRepublic; The Script; Sam Smith; Cher Loyld; Lauv; Tori Kelly; Stacie Orrico; FKJ; CityAlight; Jin; JP Cooper.
Favourite Pianists: Sviatoslav Richter; Géza Anda; Benno Moiseiwitsch
Favourite Song: Love Never Fails by Brandon Heath
Favourite Cities: Los Angeles; New York; Osaka
Favourite Authors: Handsdown J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis
Biggest “Spiritual” Influences: A.W. Tozer, Andrew Murray, Watchman Nee, John Stott, Eugene Peterson, Tim Keller, Tim Chester, Frank Viola, James. A. Fowler, Scott Sauls, Scot McKnight, Tim Mackie, and N.T. Wright, etc.
There are a few posts that I draw experiences from my own spiritual life if you want to know more about me: ♥ In the Midst of Musical Pursuit ♥ Back to First Love ♥ Never Be So Certain ♥ Condemnation or Conviction ♥ I Am a Heretic
Born in Hong Kong, Keri began playing the piano and the violin when she was 8. Within four years of studies, Keri won the third prize of the Sixth International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia (Hong Kong/Macau) in 2003 and a first prize in the Asian Youth Music Competition (Hong Kong) in 2004. When she was 12, she accompanied the renowned singer Bobby McFerrin on the piano in the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Keri also performed J.S. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D with the Salzburg Junge Philharmonie in Salzburg, Austria when she was 15. At the age of 16, Keri entered Idyllwild Arts Academy with a scholarship as a violin major studying with Todor Pelev, concertmaster of San Bernardino Symphony and silver medalist of Wieniawski International Violin Competition. She also received training from Daniel Shindarov, concertmaster of San Francisco Opera orchestra as well as Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, whenever she was in Los Angeles. However, she later developed severe injuries that prohibited her from playing instruments for almost two years. She eventually gave up on the violin while switching her major to piano performance with Dr. Andrew Park as her teacher. Keri was awarded an honorable mention in the Glendale Piano Competition in 2011 before graduating from IAA.
Having been accepted to University of Southern California, Mannes School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music with scholarships as a piano major and NYU Steinhart as a music business major, Keri enrolled in USC Thornton School of Music as a piano performance major and music industry minor. She graduated as a discovery scholar under the tutelage of Norman Krieger.
During her study in USC, she received first prize of the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (2013), fifth prize of the Edith Knox Performance Competition (2014), first prize of the French Music Competition by Pyrenees Music Society (2013), grand prix of Russian Music Competition by Pyrenees Music Society (2014), an honorable mention of the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. (2014), an honorable mention of Wildflower International Recording Competition (2014), first prize of the Aloha International Piano Concerto Competition (2014), first prize of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony National Young Artists Competition (2015), and fourth prize of the Brevard Music Center Piano Competition. Concerto performances include the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 with the Antelope Valley Symphony, Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.5 with Hawaii Youth Symphony and Coeur d’Alene Symphony in Spokane, WA.
Having been named the piano winner of the Hartfield & District Music Festival, Keri has recently obtained her master of piano performance degree from Royal College of Music and is pursuing the Artist Diploma as an Evelyn Tarrat Award Holder studying with Andrew Ball. She has also worked with Daniel Lessener, Norma Fisher, Victor Rosenbaum, Vladimir Feltsman, Alexander Korsantia, Susan Starr, Robert Roux, Robert Hamilton, Paul Ostrovsky, Phillip Kawin, Logan Skelton, Pamela Mia Paul, Vladimir Viardo, Angela Cheng, Carol Leone, John Adams, Lucinda Carver, Charles Dennis Thurmond, Li MingQiang, and Hae-Won Chang. In addition to piano playing, Keri also enjoys reading, blogging, and writing songs. Her “Apology Song” reached the third round of the 19th USA Songwriting Competition, one of the most prestious international songwritng competitions, in 2014. Her song “Burn Down My Wall” was also named Honorable Mention with Special Recognition in the 2016 SongDoor International Songwriting Competition.