Pianist and Break Dancer New York
"I attempt to live a full life and help others to do the same. Sometimes I succeed. Sometimes I fail."
Colin Huggins (born January 6, 1978) is an American classical pianist and busker who travels with a grand piano.
Huggins, whose hometown is Decatur, Georgia, started playing guitar at an early age, and took piano lessons from 1994 to 1998, but then quit, and worked odd jobs for some time. He moved to New York City in 2003, and spent four years working as an accompanist for ballet dancers at the Joffrey Ballet, before beginning to busk in 2007. He brought his upright piano to Father Demo Square or Union Square and busked there, until police and nearby residents began to complain about the large crowds he would attract while playing; he subsequently began playing in the New York City Subway—where he made an appearance on the television series Louie—and at Washington Square Park two to three days per week, for up to twelve hours at a time. At the time, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation was ticketing musicians performing near monuments and park benches, and he was fined over $6,000 in 201; that policy has since been revoked. Huggins notes the connection of Washington Square Arch to the pianist Jan Paderewski who sponsored its construction in 1892.
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Huggins launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2011 to purchase a baby grand piano. In 2016, he upgraded to a full-size grand piano, a Yamaha C5, and had Woody Guthrie's slogan "This Machine Kills Fascists" inscribed on both sides. After a second successful crowdfunding campaign in 2018, Huggins now brings a world-class Steinway B grand piano to Washington Square Park most weekends.