MAMARONECK, N.Y. Lyra Harada has felt a connection to the famous composers and musicians of history and can honestly say that music coming alive is more than just a saying.
Harada, who just turned 17 on Dec. 16, decided she would play the piano after having a dream when she was 3-years-old.
"My passion for music in general comes from Beethoven," said Harada, who shares the same birthday with the iconic pianist and composer. "I remember having a dream when I was 3-years-old and Beethoven told me to start playing the piano. I didn't know why but I said 'I might as well.'"
The Mamaroneck resident has taken piano lessons ever since, including at Hoff-Barthelson , a nationally recognized community music school. Harada was accepted in the fifth grade, when she and her mother were looking for a new violin instructor. "In general, I study the violin at that school but I also play the piano and, through the chamber program that Hoff-Barthelson offers, I play the viola."
Similar to the piano, Harada began playing the violin after learning Einstein also played it. These connections to classical music history have not only inspired her to pick up these instruments, but pursue music professionally.
"Music has been a part of my life for the past 17 years," she said. "Music has been my best friend, my soulmate, and it will definitely be my soulmate for the rest of my life."
Harada plans to double major in music education and Chinese , which she has studied since seventh grade at the Hommocks and now Mamaroneck High School. She is looking at several colleges that offer both, including Penn State and Oberlin College - Conservatory of Music in Ohio.
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