What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I love my work very deeply and I consider music to be the most unifying art form. I’ve had so many life changing experiences with music and all I could ask for is to share them with others.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
If I wasn’t a musician (which would never have happened; it was just meant to be) I would have been a vet, actor, archaeologist, or an author.
What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
In my spare time I love reading, spending time with my friends, playing piano, learning languages, and also playing melodica. In the summer of 2016 I went to Seattle and Paris with a friend of mine for a month as a melodica duo (just for fun) called Melodica Men and I had some of the best experiences of my life during that trip.
What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
I love being around music all the time. Music is simply one of my favorite things in existence. I love that I can pour my focus and soul into something and have it be my profession. I think that’s very cool.
What sport(s) do you participate in?
Played a lot of soccer while I was growing up but I never pursued sports all that much. I will casually go skiing and play basketball, soccer, and ultimate frisbee nowadays.
What is your favorite food?
I have been to China several times and the food that I had there was among my favorite. I’m not a very picky eater though. I love food.
Who is your favorite composer?
There is no good way to answer the “favorite composer” question but I’ll just throw out some names of people who have changed my life. Mahler, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Strauss, Bartok, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Tigran Hamasyan. The list of my musical influences is truly endless but this is what I’ll put down for now.
What are you currently listening to?
Currently on my Spotify playlist is a whole bunch of Stevie Wonder as well as some Disney songs (trying to learn them for Melodica Men) and Mahler 8!
I went to public school until college. After high school I went to The Peabody Institute and studied for two years there until I transferred to Juilliard and finished my bachelor’s degree. I will never forget when I first walked into the plaza at Peabody and all the windows of the conservatory building were open and I heard people practicing and singing and the entire plaza was filled with the sound of music. That was another reaffirming moment when I realized that I was doing exactly what I was meant to.