Urgello reveals her experience as a pianist

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Alexis Pragides

Urgello hones her skills on her Baldwin piano at home.

Senior Jillian Urgello has been playing piano since grade school and often volunteers at Sunday morning masses at St. Scholastica Church as a pianist. She’s improved her skills with the help of her teachers and friends. Urgello answers questions about her experience as a long-time pianist.

Q: When did you start playing piano?
A: I started playing In 2nd grade. I took lessons from my friend’s piano teacher.

Q: Who’s your favorite piano composer?
A: I have two favorite composers: Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt. I like both of them because they have a wide range of compositions. Especially Liszt has a lot of passionate and entertaining pieces.

Q: What the most fun piece to play and why?
A: Liebestraum No. 6 by Franz Liszt because it’s very passionate and dramatic. The middle passage is very pretty. I played a simpler version of it when i was younger, and I really liked the way the piece sounded, and my family also liked it.

Q: What’s the hardest piece to play and why?
A: Prelude in G Minor Op. 23 No. 5 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. It’s hard because Rachmaninoff had huge hands, so he put in a lot of block chords into his music. My hands are tiny, so sometimes it hurts playing.

Q: What do you enjoy about playing piano?
A: It’s a nice outlet. Playing classical pieces is fun since it connects you to the time period of the different composers.