What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I’m passionate about making classical music more accessible to new audiences in my community. During my time with the New World Symphony in Miami, I presented several concerts where I invited the audience to explore and actively participate in the process of music making. I hope to continue my work here in Jacksonville and engage with this amazing community, sharing my love for music with all of you!

Do you have any pre-concert rituals or routines?
I like showing up an hour before downbeat and sit on the empty stage by myself and test my reeds on stage.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
A chef

What teacher, mentor or other influencer inspired you the most?
My colleagues throughout the years have taught me the most, and they still inspire me to push myself even further.

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy cooking, skiing, playing soccer and tennis, going on hikes and playing nerdy board games.

What has been your favorite moment on stage?
Every once in a while I experience this amazing moment of deep connection with my colleagues on stage and the people in the audience. It feels like everyone is in the zone together and is feeding of each other’s energy. The music just flows naturally and creates a special bond between all of us who are present in that moment. That’s a truly remarkable sensation and one of the reasons why I love my craft so much.

Who is your favorite composer?
Mozart, Schubert and Shostakovich

Education
Eastman School of Music, BM and Performer’s Certificate studied with Jon Manasse.
USC Thornton School of Music, MM studied with Yehuda Gilad.