I grew up in a musical family where my mother Helen Ruth MacLachlan taught
my sister, then my brother and then me the early classical ABC and Boris Berlin
piano books. My father Sandy MacLachlan was an avid bagpiper.
My first formal piano teacher was Barb Good, a kind and wonderful neighbour down the
street who envouraged many children to embrace the love of piano.
When I was a little older, my parents sent us to a prominent Kingston piano teacher Donna
Gobin to learn the more advanced grades.
We studied under the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music which included recitals,
festivals and exams.
I've just released, Shades of Donna, a 2024
album of the classical pieces that Donna Gobin either taught me or inspired
me to learn.
Many of these pieces were taught to our own children. Perhaps for those of
you who either took piano or have children that studied, you may recognize some
of these pieces.
Composers include Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Czerny, Tchaikovsky, Brahms
and others I hope you will like it!