A rising young concert pianist from San Francisco, Serene enjoys presenting the life-changing beauty and power of classical music with audiences both new and old, in a wide spectrum of performance spaces from beautiful concert halls to stages in the forest, river, or desert. She has become known for her uncanny ability to engage listeners with her sensitivity, her commanding graceful presence, and her technical ease. Most recently she has "magically enthralled audiences" in venues ranging from the Vienna Musikverein, to Golden Gate Park, to the inside of a decommissioned Boeing 747.
Although Serene never attended conservatory, she is now being invited as a soloist to play concertos with symphonies. Serene is the guest soloist with the San Francisco Civic Symphony this season, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at Herbst Theatre. Serene is also a Sunset Pianos Featured Performer. Serene first encountered the piano at age five, and discovered an immediate connection. Over the years, Serene has studied both alone and with mentors, including John McCarthy, Janet Hickey, Jim McCormick, and Albert Frantz. 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.
Prior to embarking on her current trajectory as a next-generation pianist, Serene studied computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, graduated one year early with university honors, and moved to Manhattan to work for Google as a software engineer while living on a sailboat. Soon after she left to focus on piano full-time, and has not looked back since. Her online following has been rapidly growing, and you can also follow her musical journey on Instagram: @serenepianist