We had the good fortune of connecting with Dana Marie Chan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dana Marie, why did you pursue a creative career?
Music has always been a part of my life. I started playing the piano at age 5 and always loved to play in duets or ensembles with my friends. I had my first accompanying experience playing with my friend on clarinet in middle school. That experience opened my mind to how pianists can do much more than play solo pieces. In college, I was the pianist and co-founder of the Intermission Orchestra at the University of California, San Diego. Playing as a concert pianist is another field, where you are not only featured with solos, but where you also must blend with the rest of the orchestra members. As a collaborative pianist, there are so many opportunities to play in different settings such as concerts, competitions, lessons and playing with different musicians like professionals or students. Being able to collaborate with another musician to create music together is definitely rewarding and meaningful as a career, as I can showcase and support my soloist while creating the equal balance from my part.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Collaborative Piano is an art of playing with other instrumentalists and singers. We as collaborators work with our partners to create music together, which is different from playing as a soloist, which you are responsible only for your own playing. The skills of being flexible in technique and interpretation, sight reading, listening to and balancing various parts are important and essential. It is challenging as every musician is different to work with.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Francisco is an amazing city with lots of great views and food! My favorite spots in the city include the Sunset Area, where you can have a nice walk at Golden Gate Park, see the city and ocean view from 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, get good Chinese food on Irving Street, and watch the sunset at Ocean’s Beach. Some of my favorite hiking spots include Lands End, where you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and other historical places, and Twins Peak where you can see the city view. Yerba Buena Gardens, Chinatown and Union Square are also my other favorite places to go. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My collaborative piano teacher, Dr. Timothy Bach at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music teaches me the skills needed and provides guidance on being a collaborative pianist. He is not only a teacher to me, but also a mentor and father figure that supports me in many different ways. I also want to thank my family for supporting me to have music as my journey and career, from taking lessons as a child to going to my performances and appreciating my music.

Website: https://www.danamariechan.com

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZl75XB4nWBzTR5mu0s0fug

Image Credits
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