How can music convey our passions and make a difference? In this talk, classical pianist Umi Garrett performs several of her favorite pieces while discussing how music serves as both a form of communication and a way for her to help others.
Hailed by The Huffington Post as “a budding musical genius,” Umi first made her public broadcast appearance on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show at the age of 8. A Young Steinway Artist, Umi is studying with Professor John Perry and Mrs. Mina Hirobe-Perry, and recently performed in a solo charity concert at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, Germany to collaborate with the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, and a 9-concert tour with Symphonia Boca Raton in Florida. In addition to performing with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Wuhan Symphony Orchestra in China, and many more orchestras, Umi also gave solo recitals in a total of nearly 60 cities throughout the United States just between 2013-2015. Umi has also received first prize at the 13th Osaka International Music Competition in Japan and in the Chopin International Competition Chopin Plus in Budapest, Hungary, and her second album, “Music in Life” was released by Naxos Japan.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at