Young Two Harbors pianist releases CD
Two Harbors piano prodigy Edward "Eddie" H. Ojard, 10, has released his second album. Titled "Seasons," this album focuses on Eddie's take on the four seasons.
"What inspired me to write it is that other composers, for example, Vivaldi, wrote the 'Four Seasons,' so I was thinking I could try and write the four seasons for what they're like here," Eddie said.
The album was composed and performed by Eddie, who has been playing piano since age 3.
"Before 3 years old, he'd climb on my keyboard and he wouldn't get down," his mother, Helen Ojard, said. "I'd play something for him and he'd play it back to me."
Helen found through research that children could be taught to play instruments using the Suzuki method, even at 3 years old. The Suzuki method, created by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki, is an internationally known music curriculum and teaching philosophy dating back to the mid-20th century. Eddie has completed all levels of his Suzuki training.
In 2017, Eddie released his first album of original pieces, "Butterfly Dances," inspired by the butterflies he'd watch on his family's farm.
Since then, Eddie's been hard at work on this second album. His writing process consists of playing, recording and listening back again and again. He also uses a music software program called Finale to make adjustments and write out his pieces.
"I take it little by little," Eddie said. "Then I might later add something more to it or play around with it more to find what works."
This album was also recorded and produced with help from Sacred Heart recording studios in Duluth. Helen said she can hear his skills change and improve over time.
"You can see from the last one to this one, he told me he felt much more confident in this one. You can hear the difference," Helen said.
One piece Eddie's particularly proud of is "Snowflakes on Lake Superior." This piece won the state-level elementary composition category of the Music Teachers National Association competition.
Eddie's CDs can be found locally at Sweet Peas and Anderson's Green House in Two Harbors. There will also be a CD release party from 7-9 p.m. March 2 at Beaner's Central Coffeehouse, 324 N. Central Ave., Duluth.