Texas pianist brings eclectic flair to Victoria Bach Festival

Bianca Montes By Bianca Montes

June 4, 2013 at 1:04 a.m.

Stepping outside of the box may be what pianist Faith DeBow became known for in Victoria last fall. After all, she performed a solo piece using not only her fingers but also her nose.

DeBow's background includes a Grammy nomination, performing in several states across the country as well as eight countries and teaching piano at Texas State University.

Victoria residents will have a chance to once again enjoy DeBow perform composer David Rakowski's "Schnozzage" on Wednesday during her solo performance of Beethoven and Beyond.

Q: Your nose? Why your nose?

A: That's how the composer wrote it. I found it through someone's blog, and I thought, "That's a fun piece." It's actually a beautiful piece of music. I'd been waiting years to play it.

Q: Your musical taste and background are quite eclectic. Do you find yourself blending the styles?

A: I definitely do, and I do that with this particular program. I like seeking out brand new things. I just love the variety. For me, everything just feeds off of each other. What I really enjoy is that there's something anyone can relate to.

Q: You've performed all over the world. Does anything change when you perform in a small town?

A: I'd say no. The audience is warm and welcome all over the world, particularly in Victoria. Musicians love to be there.



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