Carolina Day Upper School students were treated to a special performance and Q&A this afternoon. Kimberly and Michelle Cann were delighted to play the school's new Steinway & Sons piano, referred to among musicians as the "perfect" piano. Given to the school this summer by a generous donor, the Model B Classic Grand is known for its balance and versatility.
The Cann sisters are no strangers to music education, having made their orchestral debuts in middle school. Growing up, they accompanied one another and often won the same competitions and played with the same orchestras and artists. Kimberly received her Masters Degree from the Eastman School of Music (studying with Barry Snyder), and in 2006, she accepted the positions of visiting Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Northern Caribbean University (Jamaica). Her students excelled and received national awards for their work. Michelle received her MM from The Cleveland Institute (studying with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro) and went on to study at the Curtis Institute (studying with Robert McDonald), receiving an Artists Diploma in 2013. Kimberly and Michelle began performing professionally as the Cann Duo in 2010 and since then, they have toured extensively throughout the country.
During the Q&A, among other questions, students asked the Canns about the best colleges to study music ("For undergrad, focus on finding the right teacher and the right program.") and why choose piano over other instruments ("Because with a piano, you have a whole orchestra."). The afternoon concluded with a lively performance that showcased the magnificent sound of the Steinway.