Pianist Grew Up Immersed in Music

Michelle Cann

Music is at the heart of Michelle Cann's life, but she also enjoys working with children and socializing with friends. From the Top hide caption

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Pianist Michelle Cann was born into an extremely musical family. Her dad conducts a school band, chorus, bell choir and steel drum band, and her older sister is a concert pianist.

"From the age of 7, when I started piano, my parents pushed me to do all I could with music," she says. "During the 18 years of my life, I've played trombone, violin, steel drums, bells, guitar, tuba and organ, in addition to piano."

Although Michelle grew up immersed in a musical environment, she didn't actually start loving music until she was about 12.

"I think at that point it just clicked and I realized that music could be fun and that practicing had its benefits," she says. "You never would have heard me say that a few years earlier!"

Around that time, Michelle started to take more of an interest in the pieces she was learning.

"I started to realize that the notes and dynamics weren't the only important things," she explains. "What really transformed the music on a page to actual music was the performer's personal touch. I wanted my ideas and my feelings to come through. This is something I will never stop trying to achieve."

Music is at the heart of Michelle's life, but she also has a variety of other interests. She loves working with children and she enjoys getting together with friends and socializing. She also loves amusement parks, especially roller coasters.

"I'll always look for the scariest ride," she says. "I like to feel like the ride is going to throw me off!"

She performs Alberto Ginastera's Piano Sonata No.1, Op.22, 4th mvt.

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