It’s my passion. My purpose.
If you ask me how old I was when I started playing piano, I might hesitate for a moment. It's not that I don't know (technically, I started lessons at age four). It's just that I can't remember life before music. Hasn't it always been a part of my existence?
I grew up in an exceptionally musical family. My mom is a cellist and on weekend mornings I would wake up to the sound of her practicing (by far the best way of waking up that I have ever experienced). I would attend all of her local concerts, and looked forward to running up on stage after the last notes had finished to present her with a bouquet of flowers from our garden. My dad, a social scientist, taught me early on that music is a potent force for bringing people together, and brings joy to life. Traveling the world, he has always been ready to share a song, either with his booming voice or his virtuosic harmonica playing. My two siblings took lessons (violin and cello) and became professional musicians. I am certain this shared experience became the glue to our close friendship. As a family, we have performed concerts worldwide as “The American Virtuosi.”
Legend has it that as a toddler I reached out to press the keys of a piano and played it with curved fingers. Of course, from there to becoming a musician was quite a process. But there were early signs that gave me encouragement: by age nine, I was performing for audiences in my hometown of Baltimore and as far away as Bulgaria, Poland, and Germany.
In my teens, music was my identity
and my super-power, especially as a homeschooled introvert.
I loved traveling "around the world on 88 keys." I was featured as performer at distinguished venues including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, and performed recitals in over thirty countries in prestigious music festivals including Klavierwoche International, Concerti di Primavera, Heidelberg Klavierwoche, Music at the Paderewski Manor, the International Festival of Music and Architecture in Torun, and UNESCO’s International Conference on Local Music Heritage in the Age of Globalization. One early highlight was when my live performance of the Haydn D-Major Concerto with the Polish Camerata was internationally broadcast by Pol-Sat TV.
I saw music was my natural path, and believed that there would be a place for me.
I went on to study at Towson University, Trinity College of Music (London), and Indiana University (Bloomington), learning from some of the world’s best pianists and teachers: Reynaldo Reyes, Ann Schein, Yonty Solomon, Andrzej Jasinski, Krystian Zimerman, and Arnaldo Cohen.
Working with other musicians is what solidified my passion.
One of my favorite aspects of being a pianist is the opportunity to collaboratively perform with other soloists. These performances are soul-deep conversations without words.
I see performances as soloist with orchestra as chamber music on a larger scale. I always revel in the incredible energy of blending the talents of so many musicians together, to forge one beautiful performance. Favorite works include Chopin's Concerto in F minor, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and Beethoven's Triple Concerto. I have been thrilled to perform with orchestras including the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, St. Christopher Orchestra, Šiauliai Chamber Orchestra, Young German Symphony Orchestra, Israeli Soloists Orchestra, Lublin Philarmonic Orchestra, and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra.
As a collaborative pianist, I specialize in string repertoire. I have been fortunate to perform with fantastic and renowned musicians, including cellists Amit Peled, Cecylia Barczyk, and Bob Cafaro, and violinists James Stern, Liana Gourdja, Kam-Lung Cheng, Chin Kim, and Erick Friedman. I have enjoyed four-hand piano performances with Brian Ganz and Daniel Weiser.
Together with my family, I continue to perform concerts worldwide as part of “The American Virtuosi” and Borowsky Trio. Highlights include performances in China under the theme "One World, One Dream, One Family,” a three-week tour of the Baltics, and a visit to Cuba as cultural ambassadors. We have also been recipients of an Artist-in-Residence grant from the Rhein-Neckar Kulturstiftung and recipients of the Erick Friedman Prize.
As a recording artist, I’ve recorded CDs and DVDs of standard literature, music by living composers, and my own original compositions for ICRecords.
In 2005, I was among the pianists invited to participate in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw and was awarded the Acte Preable Prize for Outstanding Interpretation of Chopin's Music, resulting in my solo album, “Chopin Recital.”
Other recordings include Pearls of Music, Musical Favorites of All Times, Postcards from Dilsberg (DVD), Jewish Joys & Sorrows, Music for Peace in the Middle East, and PRIME.
Today, I enjoy traveling the world as a soloist and collaborative pianist, composer, speaker, and recording artist.
I serve as Executive Director of the Intermuse International Music Institute and Festival, an annual summer music program for strings and piano. This program is a reflection of my vision for a holistic musical education. During the intense 10-day program, students study both solo and chamber music, receive guidance from faculty and guest artists, participate in workshops on topics crucial to technical and artistic development, and explore interdisciplinary activities that encourage communication and expression with more freedom.
Throughout the year, I am honored to teach talented young students through Piano Prodigies, my private studio based in New Hampshire.
THINGS I LOVE
I love meeting new people and learning about their lives,
so if you would like to get in touch about working together
or simply say hello, feel free to contact me directly.