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Ep 24. George Ko (Part 1): Pianist, Young Steinway Artist, undergrad at Harvard
Feb 16, 2015 · 53 min
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George earned the title of Young Steinway Artist, appeared with Harvard’s prestigious River Charles Ensemble, the Carnegie Hall for more than half a dozen times, and Steinway Hall that led one critic to proclaim “a rising star if ever there was one.”

With over 2,000 fans on Facebook, George continues his journey of spreading the word for classical music today.

George had an unusual path to becoming a successful pianist. As a young boy, his mom refused to prescribe medication for his ADHD and instead invited a piano teacher to their home. 

What's the purpose of playing music for George? He says that it's about creating an experience that reminds the audience of something important in their lives, or inspires in some way. They are not only enjoying music as entertainment but a piece of reflection.

We also talked about being Chinese / Asian American. George believes: "It is our duty to show people our culture. Being part of this ethnic group is part of being American. America is a melting pot - we are a group of people forming this wonderful fabric of culture and experience that supports one another. 

My favorite part is probably having George play along during the interview while he was giving examples or telling a story. Playing the piano is second nature to George that unexpectly integrated into our conversation. 

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