Smriti Hakkarinen is a pianist residing in Frederick, Maryland. She was born in Hyderabad, India to parents who had a special love for music. She cannot recall a moment when the house was not filled with music of some kind. Her father, a sitarist gave her early sitar lessons and introduced her to classical Hindustani music. Early on, she developed a keen ear and understanding of Hindustani and Carnatic music.
Soon, Smriti found that her path would take her away from the sitar. Her love, or rather obsession for the piano began as a child, when she was 12 years old. Her initial training took place under the guidance of Stephen Koshy following which she attended Cornell College on a tuition scholarship and continued her piano studies under Joyce Strabala. She graduated cum laude from Cornell, and holds a Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University in International Relations. At this crossroad, she made the decision to pursue her love of music full-time. She currently studies piano from Gjinovefa Sako with a focus on classical performance.
Smriti has a special love for the music of Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven. In addition to private lessons, Smriti’s current projects include writing pedagogical compositions for children and inventing music games to extend the experience of music beyond the instrument itself. She is also working on recording the cycle of 32 Beethoven Sonatas. In her spare time, she maintains a personal blog on her experiences at the piano and training her new rescue puppy, Nobu. Her hobbies include gardening, dog training, writing and learning new languages. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Telugu and can comfortably converse in French and Japanese.