Piano + Accordion
Beginning his musical studies at age 7 studying classical piano, Ethan has enjoyed a nearly 20-year pursuit of diverse musical styles, including jazz, classical, salsa and klezmer music.
His passion for music brought him to Portland in 2013 upon completion of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Jazz Piano and Biology with honors from Whitman College. Immersed in Portland's vibrant music scene, Ethan has since worked in a variety of musical capacities. These include teaching piano and accordion, extensive work with dance companies, churches, composing on commission and maintaining a busy performance schedule. Currently, Ethan can be heard playing regularly around town with various jazz and salsa groups.
Ethan's love for Afro-Cuban music and the Spanish language inspired him in the fall of 2015 to depart from Portland and live throughout Central America and the Caribbean for 9 months. Upon returning, he entered Portland State University and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Jazz Studies with a joint focus on performance and pedagogy. He has studied with many of the finest teachers in the Pacific Northwest including Lennie Price, Dave Glenn, Randy Halberstadt, Alan Jones, Darrell Grant and Yovanny Perez.
As a teacher, Ethan tailors Vesper's method to each student, holding personal growth and creativity above conforming to a rigid ideal of what a musician should look like. He is also comfortable teaching lessons in Spanish.
Apart from music, Ethan loves to ride and work on motorcycles, backpack, mushroom hunt, cook and garden.