Brian Ryu - Class of 2018
Hi Brian! We heard that you are a fantastic pianist. We would love to know how you realized that you liked to play the piano?
I first got exposed to the piano around the age of 7 when my mom forced me to take piano lessons. I hated playing the piano and kicked and screamed to not go to the lessons, but there was little that I could do. I continued to take lessons until I was 11 and quit. When I did a homestay in Canada in 2005, the family I stayed with had a piano. Listening to the kids in the house play the piano made me want to pick it up again, and I’ve been playing ever since.
Did you take private lessons and how old were you?
I was 7 when I first started.
Have you ever played at special events like weddings, talent shows, etc?
I have played in student recitals in college.
What is your most favorite composer of all time?
Chopin is my all time favorite. Probably more than 80% of what I play is by Chopin.
Bach is fun to play in a sense that I like how my fingers flow when I play Bach.
Rachmaninoff and Beethoven help me relieve stress as I get to bang on the piano hard.
What is your most favorite piece to play?
Liebestraum by Liszt.
Do you have time to practice while in school?
I definitely play less than when I was in high school and college, but I try to play a little bit after school to relax and during weekends.
What advice do you have for a student who wants to begin piano lessons while in dental school?
Rather than playing many different pieces at a mediocre level, pick a little challenging piece you want to play and take your time to really master it. I also struggle with moving on too quickly, but when my piano professor made me master one piece at a time, I really felt my skills improve.