Richard C. Alston, East Orange, New Jersey

“I began music lessons literally when I came home from the hospital as an infant because my grandmother was a pianist, a soprano, and a music teacher. Shortly after I came home from the hospital as an infant, my mother, who was a registered nurse, went back to work, so Nana was taking care ofContinue reading “Richard C. Alston, East Orange, New Jersey”

Frederick Ikpatt, Lagos, Nigeria

“I was born in Nigeria, Africa. I remember my earliest piano lesson at the age of 6 years old, all thanks to my wonderful mum, who wanted me to learn the instrument.  I played for some years, and then stopped playing seriously for a while, because I did not enjoy the pieces I was assignedContinue reading “Frederick Ikpatt, Lagos, Nigeria”

Andrew Shoemaker, San Diego, California

“For me, music has played a pivotal role in developing my self-esteem. I never spent enough time practicing an instrument to get good at it, and growing up my parents listened to AM talk radio, so my exposure to music was very limited as a child. The first artist I really enjoyed listening to wasContinue reading “Andrew Shoemaker, San Diego, California”

Louise Osborne, Lake Almanor, California

“I was born in 1945, so around 1946 to 1952, we would go every summer from Ohio to Colorado because we had a cabin in the mountains. That was a long trip. We didn’t have car radios, let alone computers or ways to listen to music, so my father would sing. He made up funnyContinue reading “Louise Osborne, Lake Almanor, California”

Harry Völker, The Netherlands

“I was born in Amsterdam, in the hunger winter (December 9, 1944). I had a lot of trouble with bad and too little food. I grew up in Amsterdam. My mother in particular stimulated piano lessons in my youth. In 1982 it turned out that our large chicken company (self-built) would not survive financially dueContinue reading “Harry Völker, The Netherlands”