Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Alma maters: Wilfrid Laurier University, BA; Glenn Gould School, AD; Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, MM
Awards/competitions: Grant recipient, 2014-15 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians; Winner, 2009 Ken Murray Concerto Competition
Appearances: Windfest, 2009; Centre for Opera Studies in Italy Festival, 2011-13, 2015; Brevard Music Festival, 2014; Weimar Bach Academy, 2016
Musical origins: I began playing when I was 13. It was the summer before eighth grade, and I had to take a music class. As I already had played piano for a few years and done some singing, I didn’t want to take choir or general music. I had always thought the sound and personality of the bassoon was really interesting. None of the other students played bassoon, and all of the bassoonists I had met had a sense of humor and distinct quirkiness about them, so I settled on that.
How did you hear about TŌN? I saw an announcement about it on a music website and was very excited about the general mission of the group. To me, questions about the contemporary relevance of music and musicians in society as well as smaller communities are especially important to this generation because societal change is accelerating. The idea of having a community of musicians dedicated to asking them together felt like a natural next step.
Favorite piece to play: Anything by Bach
Favorite obscure piece: Georg Friedrich Haas’ In Vain
Favorite composer fact: Not only did Bach master every genre of his time and compose a huge amount of music, often writing it, making parts, rehearsing it, and performing in a span of a couple of weeks or less, but he also had 21 children.
Favorite musical memory: Performing a concert of all premieres with good friends and all the composers present in a small concert space fashioned out of an old house
Which composer would have the best social media? Prokofiev or Mozart
Favorite fact about your instrument: Many of the holes are drilled at an angle, because if they weren’t, your fingers wouldn’t be able to reach them.
The thing that most people don’t know about classical music is: Many of the most rewarding moments, both as a listener and performer, come from having a relationship with a particular piece, or the music of a composer, for a long time.
Favorite non-classical musician: Ben Monder
Best album to have on repeat: Music for 18 Musicians
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Bach Cello Suites
Favorite non-musical activity: Being in nature
Last book read: Dance and Somatics
Favorite paintings: The works of Matisse
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: While it’s definitely important to focus on the fundamentals of your instrument, always return to phrasing and atmosphere because they give life to the music.