about Serene

A rising concert pianist from the Bay Area, and a Sunset Pianos Featured Performer, Serene has become known for her uncanny ability to engage listeners with her sensitivity, her commanding graceful presence, and her technical ease.

Though classically trained since age 5 with a direct pianistic lineage to both Liszt and Schumann, she never attended conservatory. Instead, she studied computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, graduated one year early with university honors, moved to Manhattan and began working at Google at age 20 while living on a sailboat in Chelsea. Soon afterwards she left to focus on piano. Her unconventional path as a pianist and as a person suggests a remarkably unique trajectory and gift, reflected in her artistry and music-making.

Over the course of her musical studies, she has won several awards, most recently the Gold medal in the United States International Piano Competition, First prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, First prize in the US Open Music Competition, and numerous other prizes in competitions past.

Serene enjoys sharing the life-changing beauty and power of classical music with audiences both new and old, in a wide range of venues, from beautiful concert halls to mobile stages in the forest, river, or desert. Most recently she has performed in Golden Gate Park, inside a decommissioned Boeing 747 fuselage, and also the Vienna Musikverein.

She also performs on the internet, and you can follow her piano adventures on Instagram.