Ms. West is a pianist and music scholar, holding a Master's Degree from Tufts University in Historical Musicology, and a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. As a solo and chamber music performer, her recitals have been heard in the US, Poland, and Austria. As a music scholar, Ms. West’s most recent research focused on exploring the context and genesis of the works inspired by Johann von Goethe’s Faust in the nineteenth century.
Teaching piano while focusing on the students’ understanding of music at a broader level is at the cornerstone of Ms. West’s philosophy as a pedagogue. Ms. West has taught private piano for the past seven years to students of all ages and abilities. She promotes both mastery of the keyboard and an informed musicianship by coupling the study of piano technique and repertoire with the literature’s historical narrative. Ms. West firmly believes in cultivating an active music-making scene in the local community.