I was born in the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia) in 1979. My late father, determined to provide a better life for his children, moved the family to New Zealand when I was just three years old. I have been a proud Wellingtonian since.
I studied piano and music theory with the late Jocelyn Walker, a prominent Wellington teacher, and subsequently with Judith Clark and Dr Thomas Hecht at Victoria University. I completed my Bachelor of Music degree with Honours, majoring in Piano Performance, in 2000.
In the years that followed I pursued my other interests in photography and computer programming, while freelancing as a pianist, accompanist, and piano teacher. During this time I recorded three albums (the "For the Love of Piano" series). In 2007 I joined the Ministry of Justice as a Court Reporter and quickly moved to the position of Analyst where I was able to utilise my computer programming talents to design and build reporting systems.
In 2018, having completed over 10 years of service to the Ministry, I decided to start transitioning back to my original passion, music and the piano.