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I was born in Detroit, Michigan, and at age 8, I became my mother's first piano student. Shortly after, I began studying piano privately with Charlotte Moore Viculin at the Viculin Studio of Music in Plymouth, Michigan. It was with Charlotte that I won the Best in State of Michigan award for my grade level. I also attended the Interlochen Arts Academy Summer Music Camp and with Charlotte's wonderful guidance I was accepted into the Interlochen Arts Academy school.
As a piano student at Interlochen, I studied with renowned piano professor, Michael Coonrod. It was there that I discovered my passion for the music of Robert Schumann and my fascination with foreign languages. I graduated from Interlochen in 1989.
After Interlochen, I attended Arizona State University where I studied piano with such talented piano professors as Walter Cosand, Jan Meyer Thompson and Rayna Barroll-Aschaffenburg. Since college, I have had the good fortune of working with Paulo Carvalho, an amazing pianist, teacher and composer. I am honored to use Paulo's extraordinary piano method in my studio.
In addition to piano, I have an interest in languages and have developed functional communication skills in Spanish, French and Portuguese. I also design web sites and enjoy light computer programming. My Piano Studio web site is one of the first sites I developed.
Other projects I'm passionate about include: Founding and supporting New NY Crossroads, L.L.C, an organization that exists to promote world peace through education and diversity.
I also enjoyed five years of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to immigrants from places such as Africa, China, Albania, South America, The Caribbean and Russia.
June K. September 27, 2010
"My daughter has been learning piano with Louis for over two years now and he is a great teacher. He's patient and his nurturing ways of teaching are fitting for my daughter who can be pretty sensitive sometimes. He is also very creative with his teaching so you will be having fun while learning to play the piano. "