Hometown: Clarence, New York
Alma mater: State University of New York at Buffalo
Awards/Competitions: Finalist, 2014 J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition; Winner, 2008 UB Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition
Appearances: Instructor at Chamber Music Institute at the University of Maine, 2012-15; Member of the Manhattan Symphonie, 2012-14; Brevard Music Festival, North Carolina, 2009; Schlern International Music Festival, Italy, 2008
Musical origins: I began playing cello at the age of 8 because I couldn’t make the clarinet work.
Most fun piece to play: Mahler Symphony No. 1
Favorite composer fact: Mendelssohn composed his Octet in E-flat major when he was 16 years old.
Which composer would have the best Twitter account: Tchaikovsky
Favorite non-classical band: Steely Dan
Musical guilty pleasure: Justin Timberlake
Best song to have on repeat: Lisa Batiashvili’s recording of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Find a teacher that makes playing your instrument fun and helps you make practicing enjoyable. Your future self will thank you.