Meet Our Team

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Tiffany Poon

Founder & CEO

New York, U.S.

I started having fun with classical music when I was 2 years old, playing a 4-key toy piano every day. Eventually, I moved to 88-key pianos and moved to New York to pursue studies and career as a concert pianist. While I was very fortunate to have financial aid, growing up, I wasn't really surrounded by peers who loved classical music. I felt embarrassed at times..

I founded Together with Classical because I was really moved and inspired by my audience's stories about their journeys with classical music in my YouTube vlog in 2020. My wish is for Together with Classical is to be a lasting charity platform where everyone can unite together with classical music, be proud of their passion, promote the beautiful music, while supporting each other in their music education and journeys.

I'm beyond grateful for the support of my team and donors!

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Anoushka Sharma

Toronto, Canada

Executive Assistant

Although my journey with classical music started at an early age when I got enrolled in piano lessons, I only grew an appreciation for it once I left formal training and started teaching it to myself. Now I see that classical music is a window into a world of emotions that can only be experienced through musical notes, which is why Together with Classical’s mission is so essential. My ambition is to further Together with Classical’s aim of making classical music more accessible to everyone who is interested in it.

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Lara Öge

Istanbul, Turkey

Social Media Manager

I got into classical music when I started playing the piano in first grade, but I never realized how beautiful it was and how much I loved it until I was 14. It’s very inspiring to see Together with Classical grow as a non-profit, and my goal as a part of it is to help grow a close-knit, diverse community of people from different backgrounds who all appreciate classical music.

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Nate Friedman

New York, U.S.

Digital Creator

I started learning music because I liked the GoT track: Rains of Castamere, and I wanted to play it on either violin or piano. I then chose piano because it was more like gaming. My goal for Together with Classical is to show people the beauty of classical music to people who would never think they would listen or play classical music.

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Elizabeth Pineo

Pennsylvania, U.S.

Music Educator

I started playing the piano when I was six years old. Now, almost two decades later, I can’t imagine a life in which classical music isn’t a fundamental part of my daily life—and who I am. The world of music is rich and vast, and I want to share its beauty. Through my work at Together with Classical, I aim to make the powerful, complex experience of classical music accessible to all. 

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Sotiris Athanasiou

Paris, France

Music Educator

For me, music was a family matter. I started playing the classical guitar with my father as early as I can remember myself and I have never stopped since, following my passion across Europe. Today, I feel thankful for the privilege I had growing up with music as well as concerned for the people that never had that access. That’s why I joined Together with Classical. I would feel the deepest satisfaction if someone decided to take a leap of faith and start a journey with music because of our efforts. Or guitar. Even better!

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Colin Guan

California, U.S.

Outreach Coordinator

I started playing the cello in 5th grade. Though I originally joined my school’s orchestra as a way to spend more time with my friends, I discovered that the music was just as great as being around my friends. Since then, I’ve continued studying the cello, and plan to stay involved with music for the rest of my life. Through Together with Classical, I hope to help people around the world find their community, just as I did in middle school orchestra class.

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Marcus Thomas

New York, U.S.

Researcher

I’ve been a musician since elementary school, but my love for classical music really took off during high school when I played with wind ensembles and youth orchestra. Today I work in cancer research but still remain active in the music world. As part of the Together with Classical team, my goal is to help make the world a better place by supporting those that make and enjoy classical music.

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Ronel Giam

Singapore

Writer

I was fascinated by the sound of piano at 10, and have been playing ever since. My passion for classical music deepened when I joined my first choir at 14, and became motivated to introduce it to others. As a Geography lover and writer at Together with Classical, I hope to ignite interesting conversations within the community and encourage more people to find their place in classical music.

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João Pinto

Vienna, Austria

Music Educator

Classical music has been part of my life for as long as I can remember, as I started to play the  piano at a very early age. Today I am a composer, and my love for music has only grown  since my childhood days. Throughout the years, I have experienced what I believe to be  absolutely true: that music is a universal language that has the capacity to connect people,  regardless of their background. I am hoping that my work with Together with Classical will  bring more people the joy that it is creating music.