Who hasn’t wanted to learn their way around a piano? It’s high on so many people’s Bucket Lists and for the right reason, but as you’ll read it’s not easy. Today we spoke to Kimberly Kong an influencer, teacher and professional pianist. This is what she had to say:
- When did you decide to start playing the piano?
I started playing piano when I was 5 years old! My mom was my first teacher – she was a musician herself so she wanted to start me off.
- Have you always enjoyed playing?
I liked piano for sure, but I found practicing tedious at times. In my defense, I spent a good 5-7 hours every day so you can’t blame me, ha!
- What’s the been the hardest part about learning?
I’m a perfectionist – most musicians are – so work never ends. There’s always SOMETHING that can be better, and striving for that standard is exciting yet frustrating!
- Did you have any mentors when you were growing up?
I did! I looked (and still look) up to my parents. I have nothing but respect for their drive and determination, and they’ve sacrificed so much for me, which I’m so thankful for.
- When was your first public performance and what was that like?
It was probably at the age of 6? However, my first BIG concert was at the age of 9, when I debuted with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. I can’t even begin to tell you how exciting that was for me! I’ll never forget that day – it’s when I KNEW I had to pursue it professionally.
- What been the most rewarding part of your career?
Music’s spiritually lucrative! I’ve had the opportunity to work with amazing musicians, and teaching’s been great, too. I love working with kids, and it’s truly rewarding for me to help them channel their emotional energy into art.
Finally, what’s next on your Bucket List?
I’d love to visit Iceland or Alaska!
And that’s the end of that. We’d like to send out a huge thank you to Kimberly for taking her time out to get involved in the project. If you’d like to see more of her and check out what she’s up to follow her on Twitter via her handle: @SensibleStylist. In other news, if you’d like to be kept up to date with our news then sign up to our newsletter.