Ailecec (AKA Cecelia)  DoB March 6th, 1996

Hometown:    Raleigh N.C.
Country:        United States


About Me     ♫ ♫ ♫

"When I think back

On all the crap I learned in high school

It's a wonder

I can think at all

And though my lack of education

Hasn't hurt me none

I can read the writing on the wall"

-Paul Simon, Kodachrome


What is your favorite subject in school?
★I don't go to school

Why don't you go to school?
★Why should I go to school?

How old are you?
(b. March 6, 1996)

When did you start playing the piano?
★June, 2003

When did you start taking piano lessons?
★August 2003 (I was about 7 1/2 years old)

How often do you take piano lessons?
★about 1 hour/week (or about 2 days/year)

Who is your piano instructor?
★2005 - Present: John Ruggero - Raleigh, NC
★2003 - 2005: Philip Calder - San Jose, CA

Do you play other instruments?
★violin, flute, guitar

Do you take lessons for other instruments?
★started violin in 2006
★Mallarmé Youth Chamber Orchestra:

Who inspired you to study violin?
★ Yeeray & Yeeren Low

Who is your violin instructor?
★Yoram Youngerman - Chapel Hill, NC

How often do you take violin lessons?
★about 24 hours a year (OR 1 day/year)

How often do you practice?
★average about 60 minutes/day (OR 15 days/year)

What exercises do you use for speed and dexterity?

How did you develop your piano technique?
★"A Path to Piano Mastery" by John Ruggero

How big are your hands?
★ A 9th. I'm just under 5 ft., so my hands are small.

Do your parents play the piano?
★ No. Neither does my 10 year old brother.

What are your other hobbies?
★Reading, Computers, Cooking, Astronomy, Camping, Traveling

Where have you traveled?
★All over the USA, Argentina, China, Italy, France, England, Scotland

Music Influences?
★Age 0 - 7: Led Zeppelin, Moody Blues, Fleetwood Mac, Cream, Electric Light Orchestra, Jefferson Airplane, Trans-Siberian Orchestrea, Yes, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rush, Styx, Jethro Tull, The Doors, Deep Purple
★Age 7-Present: All the Above, Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Mozart, Liszt, Ravel, Copland, Prokofiev
Formation Date:
Jul 4, 2003
Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt, Mozart, Ravel, Cream, Deep Purple, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Jefferson Airplane, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Moody Blues,Pink Floyd, Queen, Rush, Styx, Supertramp, The Doors, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Yes, Calder, Ruggero, Youngerman


Recorded in the back of a nearly empty hall meant to seat a lot of people.

Clip is from a Piano Concerto by Schumann...fantastic accompanist Yeeren


       Schumann Concerto - Audition               

30 Measures Prelude in G, Rachmaninoff Op. 23, No. 5

Chopin - Waltz in F Minor Op. Post 70, No. 2                 

Waltz in F Minor, Op. Post 70, No. 2 (Manuscript)by Chopin Celia - Piano Practice: 10 Years Old March, 2006  

Rachmaninoff - Snippet from 'Serenade' from  Fantasy Pieces

Snippet out of "Serenade" from Fantasy Pieces aka Morceaux De Fantaisie, Op. 5, No. 5, by Rachmaninoff Recorded: Winter, 2007 Celia: 10 years old @ time of recording  

     Turino - Sacro-Monte (Practice)

Sacro-Monte by Turina Sacromonte - Danzas Gitanes, Op. 55 No. 5 Celia - Piano Practice: 10 Years Old March, 2006  

Chopin Mazurka  (Practice)

Mazurka in C# minor, Op. 6, No. 2. It's the first piece I played without the piano pedal platform in over a year.  


      Final Fantasy X -To Zanarkand: Piano Practice

                    Bach   Fugue   

I play Bach on the piano every day before breakfast. Yo todos los dias toco música de Bach antes de desayunar.  

 Mozart - Fantasy in D Minor K397

Fantasy in D minor by Mozart, K 397 Celia - Piano Practice: 10 Years Old March, 2006  

Schumann Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54

Celia & her instructor work on the passionato section of Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, by Schumann @ a piano lesson.  

        Passacaglia by Aaron Copland

Mozart Files - Piano Progressions  

Mozart: Minuet to Sonata to Fantasy to Concerto. Clips from my Mozart Files: November 2003 - July 2006.  

  Chopin Nocturne in B Op. 32, No. 1

Nocturne in B Major, Op. 32, No. 1 by Chopin Celia - Student Recital: 10 Years Old May, 2006  

Prokofiev - Overture on Hebrew Themes

Wagner/Liszt - Tristan and Isolde Liebestod

Grieg Concerto In A Minor

    Liszt - Danse Macabre Saint Seans

  Rachmaninoff - Prelude in E Op. 32, No 3

Fragment (of "Passacaglia" by Aaron Copland)

Rachmaninoff - Nine Measures (of Prelude in G Minor).