Emily Rose Abruzzo spends up to four hours a day playing the piano. She has 105 songs under her belt: “Imagine” by John Lennon, “Moonlight Senata” by Beethoven, “Georgia on my Mind” by Ray Charles, to name a few. She's played at local …
Emily Rose Abruzzo spends up to four hours a day playing the piano. She has 105 songs under her belt: “Imagine” by John Lennon, “Moonlight Senata” by Beethoven, “Georgia on my Mind” by Ray Charles, to name a few. She's played at local and international venues. And she's only 18 years old.
“I daydream,” said Rose, a soft-spoken young woman wearing a necklace detailed with small red roses. “It's almost like an escape for a little.”
When she was 8 years old, Rose had her first piano lesson on her family's Betsy Ross Spinet piano, an heirloom passed down from her great-uncle, Lawrence Rutecki, an American WWII Soldier.
Rose, a Highlands Ranch resident, had her debut performance at her half-brother's wedding, where she performed “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve. Since then, she's built a lengthy resume.
She volunteers to play at nursing homes and for private events and parties. She has performed at Tipsy's Liquor World in Littleton, the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver, the Highlands Ranch Mansion, Macy's, Dillard's, a Subaru dealership and other venues in south metro Denver.
Her talent amazed Davita Vance, vice president store manager of Macy's in Park Meadows.
“When you look at her and see the music that comes out of her, it's so beautiful and so classical,” said Vance. “You wouldn't think that such talent would come from this young lady.”
Rose grew up traveling. Her father is a pilot and her mother was a flight attendant for five years. She takes her talent to the places she visits. She played at the St. Regis while visiting Kauai, Hawaii and, most recently, the Limerick Strand Hotel in Ireland.
Her next, and presumably largest, gig is the Spreading Wings Gala on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver. Hundreds of guests are expected.
“I'm not too nervous,” Rose said. “I'm more excited.”
Rose envisions a bright future for herself. She aspires to get a private pilot's license and continue her career as a pianist. She wants to build a website and make a name for herself on social media.
For now, she will continue doing what she loves: performing. Her signature piece is a single rose in a glass vase placed on top of her piano.
“Like a beautiful rose,” said her mother, Jennifer Abruzzo, “she has blossomed.”