Hometown: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey Member: 1994
What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
My sister Sue is an Emmy-awarding winning motion picture editor who used to be a professional violinist.
Do you have any pre-concert rituals or routines?
The day of a performance, I like to take it easy and review the most difficult passages through visualization and practice.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
It is hard to imagine doing anything else. I might have chosen to follow my father into business and entrepreneurship. I’m a serious fan of Shark Tank.
What teacher, mentor or other influencer inspired you the most?
I studied under Janos Starker, but I wouldn’t be the musician I am today without the inspiration of my mother. She was a Julliard-trained pianist who share her love of music with me.
What do you do in your spare time?
We enjoy traveling. This past summer we visited the Grand Canyon and the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. I enjoyed seeing the octobass in person! Next summer we hope to visit England and Switzerland. I also enjoy learning pop songs on the guitar or piano.
What has been your favorite moment on stage?
It is always a thrill to play with the amazing and talented soloists who share the stage with the Symphony.
Who is your favorite composer?
I appreciate many different composers. I enjoy Bach, Debussy and Prokofiev.
Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University while studying with Distinguished Professor Janos Starker.