Appearances: Kent/Blossom Music Festival, 2016–17; Texas Music Festival, 2015; Sarasota Music Festival, 2014
What is your earliest memory of classical music? I started playing piano at age 4, but I remember going to Carnegie Hall with my father and older brother to see family orchestra concerts on Sunday afternoons when I was young.
When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? I had a number of influences on my choice to pursue music, including attending Greenwood Music Camp, Juilliard Pre-College, and being a member of New York Youth Symphony. These three experiences showed me different sides of what it meant to play music, and I realized I couldn’t live without it!
What inspired you to audition for TŌN? TŌN seemed like the perfect combination of orchestral experience and critical thinking about and hopefully changing some of the challenges that face the modern orchestra.
What has been your favorite experience as a musician? This is a hard choice between performing the Poulenc Trio with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, or playing Dvořák’s New World Symphony at Blossom Music Center with The Cleveland Orchestra.
What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Listen to your teachers and do what they say! If you don’t, you’ll just have more work to make up for later on!
Favorite non-classical musician or band: The National
If you could play another instrument, what would it be?: Trombone
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why? I traveled to Indonesia in 2014 and had an amazing experience learning about the culture and the impact of various natural disasters (tsunamis, volcanic eruptions) on the artistic experience, both musical and otherwise, of individuals there.
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Get exposure to as much music as possible! Any genre! Especially live!