Piano

From Twinkle Stars to Sonatina

Michael Audio, Video June 28, 2018

Yoyo has taken piano lessons for 2.5 years and here is a quick progress report. And he has matured so much. We still vividly remember the first recital, video below, when he wouldn’t step onto stage, probably out of stage fright. (We made a second attempt after more than an hour, and he made it and people were wowed.)

Now he can play something as complicated as Sonatina, although this time, I put my video fixing skills to good use to make the whole piece just slightly more perfect;)

Yoyo: Recital #6

Michael Video, Yo&Yang June 25, 2018

Yoyo’s Summer 2018 recital (on June 23 in Forest Hills) is now in the books. Here’s a highlight reel, one of the two tunes he performed.

Sonatina in G Major by Beethoven isn’t an easy piece. (So I put my video editing skills to good use;)

Yoyo: Recital #5

Michael Video, Yo&Yang December 10, 2017

Yoyo performed Down by the Bay on December 10, 2017 at Church of the Gardens in Forest Hills, NY

Another paparazzi parents-filled event that coincides with the pre-holiday cheer. I admire all the children who put up an amazing show. We arrived on the clock, but late in the sense that I found all the spots to set up tripods were occupied. I had to hand-hold a heavy 70-200mm lens while standing to try my best to film Yoyo’s segment. Thanks to modern technology, I got to do some stabilization trick to the footage so that it came out pretty impressive. There was still some noise as I left the sound recorder in the back while I was sneaking through to scout out the second best standing room.

Here’s Yoyo waltzing between the minor and the major while practicing:

And here are some clips of Yoyo goofing around his practices while having mischievous fun:

Special thanks to Baron Fenwick.

Yoyo: Recital #4

Michael Video, Yo&Yang July 1, 2017

An impressively perfect recital performance by Yoyo on June 25, 2017. Way to go and we are pretty proud and wowed!

Thanks to Alejandra, Juliet Music School, and all those who have been with his musical journey so far. Also, special thank you to Yoyo’s Mom!

Yoyo Recital #3

Michael Audio, Photo, Video December 14, 2016

First recital at a new school, Juliet Music at Forest Hills Gardens.

Yoyo played Dance and Theme Variation a duet with teacher Alejandra and then Little Playmates by himself, error free:

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Yoyo: Recital #3

Michael Video, Yo&Yang December 11, 2016

First recital at a new school, Juliet Music at Forest Hills Gardens.

Yoyo played Dance and Theme Variation a duet with teacher Alejandra and then Little Playmates by himself, error free:

Here below is a screenshot of that moment when he flicked his classic sneaky smile on his face after looking at us in the crowd.

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Yoyo: Recital #2

Michael Video, Yo&Yang October 25, 2016

Yoyo’s second recital, this time performing A Minuet for Mr. Bach’s Children, below, and another piece.

Video: Yoyo Recital #2

Michael Audio, Photo, Video October 23, 2016

悠悠第二次登台演奏,这首是巴赫的小步舞曲,腾讯视频往下翻…

Here our family duo iPhones worked quietly to properly capture Yoyo’s second recital performance (sound not by Apple device) . We are really proud of how he handled the pressure, and he was the youngest, by a lot. Here below is a clip of his A Minuet for Mr. Bach’s Children. Click here for his first recital performance.

虽然不是第一次了,悠悠还是有点紧张,本来可以不看乐谱弹下来的,后来临上阵还是让妈妈把乐谱带着上了舞台。不管怎么说,他很顺利地演奏完了两首曲子,让人格外骄傲!【点这里看他的第一次演奏】

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Watch: Yoyo’s First Piano Recital

Michael Video April 15, 2016

We were really proud that Yoyo picked up his courage and went on stage to perform his recital songs, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “My Invention.”

I did not bring a tripod but managed to stabilize the video and cropped it to a mobile-friendly square box format.

 

 

Yoyo Piano: Ode to Joy

Michael Audio, Video February 26, 2016

Less than two months into learning the piano, Yoyo has made remarkable progress. Here we proudly present his “Ode to Joy”