Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Alma mater: Manhattan School of Music
Awards/Competitions: Finalist, Fort Worth Symphony Young Artist Competition; MSM Ambrose Monell Foundation Scholarship; Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition; soloist with the Maryland Youth Symphony (Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer)
Appearances: National Repertory Orchestra; Round Top Festival Institute; Chelsea Music Festival; Alba Music Festival; Basses Loaded concert series, Victoria Summer Music Festival, alongside Gary Karr; Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, principal bass; Union City Philharmonic Orchestra; Gateway Classical Music Society; Chesapeake Orchestra; Romanian State Orchestra
Musical origins: I began playing bass at the age of 12 because I wanted to play the Jaws movie theme.
Most fun piece to play: Ein Heldenleben or any Strauss tone poem. The bass parts are complete rock and roll.
Favorite composer fact: Arnold Schoenberg had a fear of the number 13 and then happened to die on a Friday the 13th.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: Classical musicians are a wild group and party as hard as the next guys.
Favorite non-classical musician: Frank Sinatra
Last book read: Without Feathers by Woody Allen
Favorite painting: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Picasso
Time travel destination: The 1990s