A solid musical education not only teaches students the skills and techniques to play an instrument well, but also develops intellectual curiosity and critical thinking. Students learn to be independent thinkers and proactive problem solvers, acquiring skills that carry over to future endeavors in areas well beyond music. To avoid inefficient use of practice time and effort, I guide students to seek out the root cause of difficult passages and come up with optimal practice strategies. With the ability to proactively identify and solve problems, students can learn repertoire quickly and build confidence through more frequent performance opportunities. For less experienced students, I balance more listening and demonstration into lessons. I also greatly value collaboration and use piano four-hand pieces, encouraging students to perform with other musicians.
At Northwestern University, Xuan He studied piano with Alan Chow, organ with Margaret Kemper, harpsichord and conducting with Steven Alltop, and choral conducting with Donald Nally. At Bowling Green State University, he studied piano with Robert Satterlee and organ with Vernon Wolcott. In addition, he spent a year studying early keyboards in Amsterdam with Richard Egarr and Menno van Delft. Mr. He joined the piano faculty of BMS in 2018, and also is on the faculty of EKS Music School. At Northwestern University, he previously taught private and group piano to non-music-major university students. He has also taught at Baker Demonstration School in Wilmette, Il, and for My Piano Study, Inc. in Evanston, Il, where he designed and implemented a music theory and history curriculum for more than 60 students, and prepared students for the Illinois Achievement in Music exam. He is also familiar with the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations and has successfully prepared students in this program.
A versatile keyboardist, Xuan He has performed in venues across four continents. He has been featured as a piano soloist with several orchestras, performing concerti by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev. An avid collaborative pianist and harpsichordist, he has appeared with musicians and ensembles in the U.S., Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and collaborated with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Stuttgart State Opera. A church organist, he has played New Year’s and Christmas services in the U.S. and Denmark. His performances have been heard in radio broadcasts on WFMT Chicago and Radio New Zealand. Recent performances include guest artist recital (organ and piano) at the Oregon Center for the Arts and a Young Talent Series harpsichord recital in Schiedam, Netherlands. As a staff pianist at Boston Conservatory, he also collaborates with students and presents several recitals each year.
B.M., Bowling Green State University; M.M., D.M.A., Northwestern University