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More than anything else, my chief extracurricular interest has always been music. At three years old, I began learning piano at the School for Strings in Manhattan, then with Diana Wan of the Manhattan School of Music.

After moving to Connecticut in 2014, I continued studying classical music under Eugene Posniewski, a period which concluded with two international first-place finishes at the Golden Classical Music Awards, and the Grand Prize Virtuoso competition. I was fortunate to be able to play at the winners' concerts at both these competitions, at Carnegie Hall in NYC and the Parco della Musica in Rome, Italy, respectively.

After these performances in 2019, I decided to turn my musical attention to jazz, studying under Purchase College graduate and innovative jazz pianist Jay Lee. Along with placing in the top three in multiple national and international music competitions since, I've also played at gigs and private events in Brooklyn and the Bronx, as well as with multi-Grammy winner Vince Cherico, drummer for the renowned Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.

I hope to continue my musical immersion this summer at MSM and the Lincoln Center Jazz Academy under Wynton Marsalis, and subsequently pursue a music minor in university.

This page contains some of my favorite performances, recordings, and audition tapes from my time in jazz. For bookings or related inquiries, please don't hesitate to contact me with the email below.

Armando's Rhumba

Alec Safi, bass
Mike Camacho, drums

Billie's Bounce

Audition for Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at the Monterrey Jazz Festival

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