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my biography

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I am a pianist, scholar, music director, vocal coach, educator, and owner of Kacey Link Piano, LLC. I have performed and lectured throughout the United States, Mexico, Argentina, France, and Switzerland. I have diverse interests and expertise in music and am equally comfortable playing Chopin etudes, Piazzolla tangos, and contemporary musical theater.

As a pianist and scholar, I specialize in the music of Latin American and Argentine tango. I'm the recipient of a 2024 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) research grant. I am the co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Tango (forthcoming April 2024) and co-author of Tracing Tangueros: Argentine Tango Instrumental Music (Oxford University Press, 2016), which explores the history of Argentine tango and its creators. I contributed to the article titled "Tango: A Primer" for Chamber Music Magazine, Summer 2018, and review books in pre-and post-publication. I also frequently give tango concerts and lecture-recitals.

 

I am an advocate of new music, and I recorded the CD, Small Town (Centaur, 2017), featuring the music of Ori Barel. I often appear on NACUSA concerts and performed Katherine Saxon's "From Paris to Helen" on the LA Chapter's 85th Anniversary Celebration Concert. 

In past seasons, I have served as a music director or accompanist for Ventura College, Out of the Box Theatre Company, Opera Santa Barbara, Kansas City Lyric Opera, and New Theatre of Kansas City. I have accompanied classes for such prestigious artists as Marilyn Horne and Yo-Yo Ma. I have also worked with UC Santa Barbara and accompanied dance classes for Heather Watts, Deborah Wingert, and Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as Interlochen Center for the Arts and Cecchetti Exams and Summer Institutes. In 2015, I was the music director for Adam Barruch's DANCEworks residency at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara and his dance/theater production of Sweeney Todd, which received accolades from Sondheim himself.  

As an educator, I teach online group and private lessons to those around the United States. My private piano students participate in programs and competitions with MTAC, MTNA, and National Reflections Program. 

 

I have studied with Sequeira Costa, Mark Ferrell, Robert Koenig, and Jack Winerock. I hold degrees from the University of California – Santa Barbara (D.M.A. in Keyboard), University of Miami (M.M. in Musicology), and University of Kansas (M.M. in Accompanying, B.M. in Piano Performance).

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