Music & Me with … Mindy Chuang- 01 Oct 2020 -
Image: Mindy Chuang, pianist & composer
When were you first introduced to music?
My mom sent me to Yamaha piano class when I was three or four while I was in Taiwan. It was that much of fun yet the snack was the most memorable part of that learning.
Tell me about your favorite teachers
I have quite a few from different stages of my life, but there was one most memorable piano teacher I had when I came to the U.S.A. to study at the age of thirteen. Ms Shih, who had just graduated from college and taught me through my high school years. Four years of study with her, she encouraged and supported me in every way to pursue my dream of becoming a concert pianist. She would take me to concerts to observe great pianists, listen to great recordings and share thoughts, and most of all, she was always there to comfort me when I faced obstacles and longing for my family in Taiwan.
What are your fondest musical memories?
It’s just like a coin with two sides. Happiness and pain coexist in all my musical memories. If I really have to pick one, it would be having to be the year I was assigned to study with a visiting professor who is a pronounced Argentinian pianist, Eduardo Delgado. He is such a brilliant concert pianist and everyone admires him tremendously. Yet it is a totally different story when being coached by him. While many of my colleagues dropped out of his private lessons, I struggled really hard but stayed through all the tough and strict teachings. However, thanks to his teachings with professionalism and perfectionism, my final performance caught everyone’s eye by the end of that semester. If there were no clouds, we should not enjoy the sun.
What is your favorite TV theme tune and/or film soundtrack?
Schindler’s List movie soundtrack is my favorite.
What was the last music download/ CD you bought?
Andrea Bocelli’s Sacred Arias (Special Edition) since his voice always inspires me.
Imagine you’ve been given $300.00 to spend on anything music-related. How will you spend it?
Definitely a new higher end Yamaha digital keyboard, I love the touch and the piano sound from that keyboard.
How do you balance music with your other obligations?
I am a stay home mom with a teen boy who is high demand with learning disabilities and Sensory Processing Disorder. I was a music teacher in middle school for more than ten years until I found out my son needs more than I could give at that time. I decided to quit my job to be able to walk with him at his pace of learning. I really enjoy being a mom, especially with a gifted kid in my life. The process of making music is soothing and healing for me, so I usually take the time in quiet nights, and lead myself to the world of music.
What is Happiness?
Since I am a faithful follower of the HHDL (His Holiness the Dalai Lama), I would like to quote from him: If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Latest single: Memories