Reporter’s Notebook: Player has passion for piano

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer

EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD DAVID BROSFEAU has played piano for more than half his life, earning accolades including a third-place finish at the state competition of the Piano Music Teachers of New Mexico. He’s also performed before such dignitaries as Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.

Brosfeau said he was introduced to the piano through a friend, and his parents had him take private lessons with Doris Tankersley.

“She recognized me right away and kept pushing me along and advancing me rather quickly,” Brosfeau said.

BROSFEAU SAID HE PREFERS MUSIC from the Romantic period and New Age artists such as Yanni.

“I like playing with feeling. I’m a romantic player so I don’t do the really fast and showy stuff,” he said.

“It’s a gift God gave me and I love to play it and see others smile. That’s one of the reasons I don’t do the showy stuff. I don’t want to show my virtuosity and technical stuff. I just want to put my feelings into it.”

Brosfeau has written some 15 instrumental pieces and a few more songs with lyrics. He said he’d also like to learn other genres.

“I’ve always wanted to learn guitar,” Brosfeau said. “In fact, I have one to start learning.”

Brosfeau said he plans to enter Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, next spring and major in music, though he doesn’t think he will make it into a career.

“Some people have said, ‘Why don’t you try to get yourself out there?’” Brosfeau said. “My dream’s never been to be rich and famous playing concerts. I want to do other things in life like writing or working with computers or whatever my job may be, but keep playing alongside it for people and events, bringing smiles and encouraging people.”

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Tony Gutierrez. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, NM 88102. The e-mail address is:
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