Hometown: Arcadia (Los Angeles), California Member: 2016
What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
Most people don’t know that my first instrument was the piano with violin following shortly after, or that I played the flute from fourth to eighth grade. During my second year of undergrad I also played the viola in my string quartet, but my primary focus was always the violin.
Do you have any pre-concert rituals or routines?
Naps are great! (if I can find the time).
What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
I was very fortunate to grow up in a Mandarin Chinese and English speaking household so I loved learning foreign languages. Because of that I would probably be working as a translator or teacher in some capacity, if I wasn’t a professional musician.
What teacher, mentor or other influencer inspired you the most?
My middle school music director, Mr. Rick England, guided me on the path towards becoming a professional musician. He was one of the first music educators who pushed me towards consistent improvement and never doubted what I could do on both the violin and flute. I owe a huge part of who I am today to his work ethic, selflessness, and perennial sense of humor.
What do you do in your spare time?
I’m a runner with an 8K, 10K, and 21K under the belt and most recently, the 2017 Donna Marathon.
What has been your favorite moment on stage?
Before coming to Jacksonville, I had never performed Handel’s Messiah. It was a very special moment to watch the entire audience stand up for the first time during the Hallelujah chorus. To be able to share and bask in the religious significance of Messiah to the community was the highlight of my first season with the Jacksonville Symphony.
Who is your favorite composer?
Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School with Mr. Masao Kawasaki and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music with Ms. Yoko Takebe. Private studies in high school with Ms. Lu-Bin Yu and Ms. Bing Wang.