Member Spotlight: Lulu Hsu

Lulu HsuLike many others in AmateurPianists, my musical journey took a backseat for a good part of my life, other than the usual piano lessons as a child and completing the eight levels of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (a UK organization) by the time I was 16, living in Malaysia, a former British colony.

I was fortunate to receive a four-year full scholarship to a small college in Lake Forest, Illinois. I arrived there as an 18 year old, with one suitcase, a brand-new wool coat purchased in London en route to O’Hare – ready for college, snow and cold and whatever the US has to offer! There, I managed to double major in piano, along with Chemistry and moved to Michigan State University for graduate work in Analytical Chemistry.

For the next 25 years, piano took a back seat to a career, marriage, children, and parent-care. My playing skills dwindled to simply picking out a few popular sing-alongs and Christmas carols.

Finally around age 50, with grown kids, I started taking lessons again and began the tough journey back to classical piano. Around the same time, I also started joining music groups like AP. These groups really bring a whole different sense of enjoyment – playing for each other, sharing new music, learning about the classical music world and enjoying the wonderful sense of community, friendship and (occasionally) a personal sense of accomplishment!

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