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Pianist Matthew Graybill performed for Mustangs this week.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- New York Pianist Matthew Graybil performed for Mustangs from 1:45-2:45 p.m. on Wednesday in the LRHS auditorium. He performed musical pieces by Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, and Fryderyk Chopin for the arts students.

Graybil was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and started playing and studying classical piano pieces at the age of six. He has played in countries such as Canada, Mexico, and France. He has been a prize-winner in national and international competitions.

He performed for about 20 minutes and held a question-and-answer session afterward.

A student asked whether he played just classical music or if he played other types of music as well.

Graybil replied, “I play lots of types of music. I like to play pop music.”

He followed that statement by performing a short segment of a pop song.

Another student asked, “Where is the best place to start when learning the piano?”

Graybill responded, “You first need to explore the genres of music and really listen to what you love, and what you don’t. That’s when you figure out your style and really get into learning the techniques and notes.”

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