Henry Orazi

I was born into a musical family. My parents were opera singers. They could have been sculptors, painters, or writers, but I feel very fortunate that music was their form of expression, as it easily became mine. Though I started piano at age six, it took me a few years to take it seriously. Thanks to the patience and encouragement I received from my parents, I was eventually able to see and feel that I was meant to pursue music as a profession.

My three degrees are all in piano: Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate. I have been very fortunate to have performed with the Puerto Rico Symphony and and have given solo and collaborative recitals in Puerto Rico and Ecuador.

I care more about the learning process than processing learners. As teachers, we must always be flexible and creative, as there are as many ways to explain a particular musical concept as there are students! Each student is an individual, with his or her own learning process. It is very rewarding to me to see the sparkle and excitement a student shows after mastering a piece if music that, at first, seemed very difficult.

Of all the art forms, music is, in my opinion, the one that draws the strongest emotions. I will never forget a summer I spent in Tanglewood, Massachusetts. I was 14 years old attending a summer camp. Playing freesbee with some friends while the Boston Symphony was having an outdoor rehearsal. The music was initially in the background of my mind. However, at one point I began listening with more attention and the music became so powerful that tears began to flow! I had no idea what they were rehearsing (turned out to be ny Richard Strauss) but I marvelled at the fact that a piece of music, which I had never heard before, could draw such a reaction from me!

It is true that  music is a universal language. I consider myself tri-lingual: English, Spanish, and Music!