On the Record
by Danielle Mastropiero
Dec 03, 2008 | 2979 views | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When it comes to piano, it's the more the merrier for Forest Hills resident Saar Ahuvia.

Alongside wife Stephanie Ho, Ahuvia hopes to debut their brand of four hands piano music to Queens in their "Sounds of New York" benefit concert at Queens College December 11.

Ahuvia says the duo love the city and all it has to offer and were excited to give back to the borough they call home.

"We're just huge New York fans and we really love Queens," says Ahuvia. "We've been thriving living in this community and were hoping to somehow give back."

To Ahuvia and Ho, Queens was inviting from the get-go.

"We've been living in Forest Hills and Flushing since we moved here," he said. "With Stephanie being born in Taiwan and me being born in Israel, we feel like we never left home."

While playing four hands piano may seem complicated, listening is not. The duo's music is an accessible mix of contemporary, jazz as well as selections with folk elements.

"Any music is good music," says Ahuvia.

While open to exploring a wide berth of music, Ahuvia is not quite as keen on dabbling in other instruments.

"Other instruments? Nah," he scoffs. "Piano all the way."

For him, piano has been a lifelong passion. He began studying music at the age of eight and has been hooked ever since. It was only natural for his first love to lead him to his second.

Ahuvia met Ho while both were studying piano at the Peabody Institute. The two married in 2005.

"We've been asked were we together first and the answer always was they just came sort of hand in hand," said Ahuvia. "We got to know each other and things just went from there. Our musical and personal relationship has been going on one railroad track."

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