Katya Grivena’s fingers danced across the keyboard Feb. 11, as she performed for Sleepy Hollow Middle School students during a mini-concert.
The Russian-born musician has completed 18 seasons at Carnegie Hall, traveled across the United States and around the world, but playing at Sleepy Hollow brought her great joy. “I love bringing music to kids,” she said. “The children are still very open to new experiences.”
Grivena didn’t own a piano at the age of five-and-a-half when she started taking lessons. Her love for music grew as she attended concerts with her parents and grandmother, as did her dream to play professionally.
She shared some of her favorite pieces including Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu,
De Falla’s Fire Dance with Sleepy Hollow students. She also encouraged them to work diligently at their passions.
“Her fingers were smooth and moved so fast,” said sixth-grader Rudy Nunez who is now inspired to play his cello more.
Grivena is in Tarrytown to play a special Valentine’s Day concert at the Tarrytown Music Hall on Thursday. All SHMS and Sleepy Hollow High School students will receive complementary admission.
The concert will benefit The Music Hall’s nonprofit mission.