Donna Stoering has been called a “born communicator” and a “born educator” but it is most definite that she was, first and foremost, born a musician. Her earliest childhood memory is

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Donna’s pleas for a piano were answered on her 3rd birthday, and her first public concerts as a pianist were at Mills College in California when she was five. An entire lifetime in music has ensued, and those years have fortunately allowed Donna to explore a great number of roles in music –

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Yes, she was born a musician, and she was born with intense drive and passionate energy to fully live every moment and make the most difference that she could, through her gifts. 2015 marks both the 55th anniversary of Donna’s public debut as a concert pianist, and her 60th birthday (completely belying her youthfulness in both looks and spirit!). So much has happened in the intervening years, and so much accomplished, while exploring to the full, the many different roles of being ‘Donna Stoering, musician’: “a pianist among pianists” as London UK papers have described her; “a charismatic performer who changes lives the moment her hands touch the keyboard”, a vocal soloist praised for her “soul-reaching voice (that) brings tears” ; a sought-after interpreter of new (piano, vocal, and/or chamber music and concerto) works that composers have continued to create specifically for her to premiere; an equally sought-after judge of major international music competitions; choral conductor at the major cathedrals and churches of Italy, England, and USA; composer of Mozart concerto cadenzas and of vocal/choral works that are used/performed regularly; conductor/music director of musicals and concert operas in London, Barcelona, and throughout the USA; sought-after creator/leader of music retreats; producer of new music festivals and concert series on three continents; internationally respected workshop leader on innovative technical approaches for pianists and piano teachers; interpretation and performance coach for young artists of all instruments; master teacher for gifted young concert pianists; award-winning recording artist; and a beloved coach and accompanist for famed opera stars of La Scala, Munich Opera, Royal Opera (UK) , Bolshoi Opera and the Met.
Donna’s solo performances have thus far brought her to the major concert halls and music festivals of numerous countries:

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Back in 1998, while based in London and traveling as Artistic Ambassador for both the UK and USA, Donna encountered many musicians who were giving up their instruments and careers because of financial difficulties and lack of opportunity to share their unique cultures and gifts in global media. She gradually felt called to minimize the time and energy that would have been focused on her own growing career and performance activities, in order to devote 12-15 hours a day working on projects that she devised to help these musicians and their cultures.

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Now, 16-17 years after first founding Listen for Life and devoting her energies to establishment of its global music programs, she is hoping that other music-listeners and performers will feel inspired by its mission and continue growing the movement while establishing outreach projects in their own communities, as she returns her fulltime focus and prodigious energies to the world stage as a concert pianist, performer, and ambassador for the message itself.
Donna says “it’s time….People have convinced me that the best way I can help in spreading awareness of music’s tremendous spiritual and physical power and potential in our lives, is to once again perform fulltime, sharing and communicating the message myself, as a musician who believes passionately in this cause. Someone once said that ‘a musician is one who finds and communicates truth and beauty, through sound’. And I would love nothing better than to be performing, discovering and teaching music in a different city of the globe every single day of 2015, because I can think of no better way to celebrate the 55th anniversary of my public debut as a concert artist and – more importantly – as a musician!”