Passion and talent – and literally colorful music – led a 14-year-old pianist from Chandler to an opportunity to perform his own composition at Yamaha Hall in Tokyo this summer.
Luke Hoang, a student at East Valley Yamaha Music School, was invited to play his original piece at the Yamaha International Junior Original Concert in August. He will be performing his original duet, “Saturday Procrastination,” with his accompanist, J.B. Smith, a professor of music and coordinator of percussion studies at Arizona State University.
Luke was one of 12 students selected from the international competition, which receives nearly 35,000 original compositions from students from 43 different countries. He was selected to represent the U.S. in the international concert.
“I was really shocked. It was really unexpected,” Luke said. “It’s really big.”
Luke’s passion for music and piano stems from the experience called “synesthesia,” a cross-sensory phenomenon in which the person experiences an involuntary cognitive response to a sensory stimulation.
Luke says music is “colorful” to him. When he plays piano, he experiences different colors as he plays.
“I’ve had a passion for piano since I was little, especially because I hear music a certain way,” Luke said. “Music is very colorful and a lot of it is about imagery and what I see when I play piano. Because I’m experiencing different things when I play piano, that’s one of my driving motivations for composing, too.”
In addition to performing in Tokyo, Luke was also one of…
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