My final bow

And this is where the journey ends (for now!).

I had my last piano performance the past 2 nights and I am feeing so overwhelmed with emotions and many memories and friendships that I have been able to make through playing piano. Thank you to my teachers Johnny Scharbaay, Rob Rijnbout & especially Armand Simon for giving me all the skills I needed to achieve this amazing goal. There is so much more to playing the piano than it seems and you have showed me how to appreciate classical music so much. Thank you thank you thank you. I will keep playing piano and it makes me sad to think this is over for now, but I will hold on to these amazing memories and experiences forever. Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout the years and especially to my mom who had pushed me to keep on going in times where I felt like giving up.

Piano has been such a big part of my life. My parents already had a piano at home when I was born and since I was around 3 years old my mom started teaching me how to play. It started with stickers on the keys, then slowly learning how to read the notes, and when I was 7 I started taking Xylophone classes! The music school required me to start with these classes in order to learn the notes a little better and actually learn how to read a sheet of music! After a year of those classes I switched over and started taking piano classes and I progressed very quickly, I went through the books about twice as fast as the usual student and I was always very eager to learn more. I have learned to play many different styles of music, I even took some jazz classes for a while...but that didn't really work out, hahaha. 

At one point I really felt like quitting, because it just started feeling a bit boring and repetitive to me, which is why I think a lot of people stop taking certain musical classes. But my mom pushed me to keep going and I can't be more grateful for that.

I have had so many amazing experiences because of piano. I have played at different concerts, events, competitions (where I actually won a few prizes!!) and I have even played for Padu Lampe at his house on his piano!!! (If you're from Aruba you know who he is ;) ). I have gotten the opportunities to get workshops from a few different professional pianists, including Lucille Chung. I have met many amazing artists and have always felt so re-energized and inspired after each concert I have been to. 

Music is such a big part of who I am and I could not be happier with how far I have come with piano.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey and who has supported me throughout these past 11 years. Performing on stage is something that has always made me very nervous and excited at the same time, but every time I bowed after a performance I was always welcomed with such a warm applause from the audience and so many sweet compliments. 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

At the concert last night I played "Moldau Vltava by Smetana for four hands" together with my teacher Armand Simon. You can check out the song on Youtube for now! The video of my performance is coming soon, I will add the link to the video as soon as I have it!

Here are a few words that my sister wrote for me :

"Angelique's final bow for now...after her last performance before leaving Aruba to go study abroad and spread her wings. The performance was incredibly beautiful in so many ways. I have seen her grow up behind the piano always with her mother Joyce by her side, encouraging and supporting her. Even when Joyce was very sick during her final stage of cancer she was present at a competition or performance. She passed away when Angelique was only 10. What I admire about Angelique is that, after losing her mother, she continued playing the piano, dance ballet, and do an outstanding job at school, while taking care of our elderly father. So while Angelique was playing this beautiful piece of music, together with Armand Simon, I had these flashbacks of the past 18 years,... and I couldn't keep my eyes dry seeing her now as a beautiful young woman, and wishing her mom could see her too. Angie, I am so very proud of you. Love you very much. And Johnathan Baena, thanks for being her soulmate!"

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