Brian Chu, 18, is a senior and Mira Loma resident attending Springs’ Magnolia Student Center who is a master pianist. His favorite classical pieces are Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony and Chopin’s 1st Ballade. He practices up to four hours a day, and, in the past year, has performed virtual concerts.
He explained, “I really enjoy classical music, and piano is foundational to classical music.”
Brian has been playing piano for 12 years but took a particular interest in developing his talent at age 14. His teacher is a former music director from the country of Georgia, in the Caucasus region. He would also like to become proficient in violin.
He is taking community college classes now to earn college credits. He plans to attend a four-year college and hopes a lighter course load will give him more time to practice music.
Brian has also been an active volunteer with a variety of organizations, including the Queen of Hearts Equestrian Therapy Center in Jurupa Valley, where he cared for horses and assisted with lessons for patients with disabilities. In recognition of his volunteerism, he received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2019. He is motivated to volunteer because of his religious beliefs. He explained, “God has blessed me with different gifts and I wish to use these gifts for others’ benefit.”
He’s grateful for his education at Springs, he said, as it “allows me the flexibility to do things outside of school,” including piano, volunteering, attending classes at community college, doing a science project, and playing on Magnolia’s basketball and swim teams.