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AjLongsPiano

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About Me

AJ Long is a Christian pianist, composer, and teacher living in upstate New York. He became interested in piano when he was 11 years old, and started studying seriously at the age of 14.

In February 2014, he started studying with Josh Wright via online lessons, as well as live masterclasses in Utah. Since that time, AJ has performed concerts in Utah and New York. He was the recipient of Josh and Lindsey Wright's annual scholarship for young musicians which afforded him the opportunity to travel to Utah for extensive lessons and performance opportunities. He was warmly received at all of the scholarship concerts he presented, and received special recognition for the performance of his own compositions. AJ received 2nd prize in the 2015 CDCYM Chopin Competition, and 1st prize in the 2016 Rachmaninoff Music Competition hosted by New Russia Cultural center.

In addition to performing, AJ is a passionate composer. He is currently writing a set of Preludes for piano, greatly influenced by the music of Frédéric Chopin. He has also composed waltzes and other compositions that are being performed by pianists in the United States and in Europe. He plans to apply for a Piano Performance degree for Fall 2016, and to continue studying composition while attending college.


Interests

Playing Piano, Composing, Music History, Music Analysis, Writing, Reading, Mathematics, Art, Theology, Narrating, and Teaching.

Occupation

Concert Pianist, Composer, Piano Teacher.


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