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Humans of HM – David Orloff (10)

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Humans of HM – David Orloff (10)

Jacob Shapiro

Jacob Shapiro

Jacob Shapiro

Ben Wang, Staff Writer

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For many musicians, playing at Carnegie Hall is a goal to strive toward, but for David Orloff (10), it’s a feat he has already accomplished.

Orloff has played the piano since he was eight years old, he said. Like many musicians, his career began with his parents forcing piano on him, but he eventually grew to like it.

“I wanted to do it more and more. I started to enjoy it, and I think [playing an instrument] is an important skill to have,” Orloff said.

He loves that he can now learn to play any piece within a month, he said. One of his favorite pieces is Paganini’s Variations.

Currently, Orloff practices every day for 30 minutes to an hour and a-half, he said.

Beyond just musicality, Orloff has learned valuable life skills through piano as well, he said. “I learned how to focus and concentrate on one specific thing and perfect that one thing.”

All that work was exemplified in his earning first place at the American Fine Arts Festival in 2015. As part of the first-place prize, Orloff had the chance to play in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Despite performing in that famous venue, however, Orloff does not enjoy performing for large crowds, so he has not performed during any assemblies, he said.

And although Orloff is an accomplished pianist, he does not plan to pursue a professional career in music, he said. “This is definitely going to be a hobby in the future. I think I can put this to good use, maybe help somebody learn how to play.”

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Humans of HM – David Orloff (10)