IAmA concert pianist who dropped out of high school, but made it to the biggest halls in the world. AMA
My name is Soheil Nasseri. I was born in California and I live in Berlin. I have played in halls like Lincoln Center in NY, the Southbank Centre in London, the Berlin Philharmonie, in Tokyo, Dublin, Florence, Bordeaux, etc. I mostly play solo but also sometimes with an orchestra accompanying me (like in this recent video from Russia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9z8LfyKWzo#t=21m41s )
I started to learn piano when I was 5. I wasn't a very good pianist as a boy, but I always loved music, and at a certain point I decided to do everything to get as good as I could, and I dropped out of high school at 16 to practice as much as possible. It was a crap-shoot but it worked and by 23 I had made a name for myself.
I tried to get young Americans interested in classical music, and visited over 60 public schools performing assemblies that usually began with me accompanying a rapper from the school. I even did this in a juvenile prison. I also play a lot of new 'classical' music written for me by living composers. But Beethoven is my favorite.
I look forward to answering your questions, here is verification via Facebook http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=354466111331633&id=142772005741213
I will be practicing and answering questions in my breaks, and try to answer everyone over the next couple days.
UPDATE: Thanks for your interest. I was happy to answer your questions. Everyone is always welcome to meet me personally after my concerts!