1st and Special prize, 2008 “La Musica Nella Scoula” Chamber Music Competition, Italy; 3rd Prize, 2008 Paulo Spincich International Music Competition, Italy; 2nd Prize, 2013 American Viola Society Orchestral Excerpts Competition
Litomysl International Strings Masterclasses, Czech Republic, 2012; Round Top International Summer Music Festival, Texas, 2011
I took a break from playing violin after the end of the school year when I was in 5th grade. Then, I realized that it was not fun without playing the violin. I think that was the moment when I decided to be a musician.
I was graduating from Yale School of Music in the same year the TŌN program launched. I was interested in the program after hearing about it from my friends, but I wanted to teach violin and viola. After teaching for 3 years in Mongolia, I was inspired by my friends who were in the program, who were getting to perform in outstanding halls like Carnegie and landing positions in major orchestras.
We should keep the tradition of orchestral music as much as possible, but explore further the ways that we can bring music to the public.
Nowadays, I listen to baroque music.
Creating an art form and being able to express and share it with others.
Other than Mongolia, my favorite place is Duino, Italy, which is where I lived during high school. I had the opportunity there to meet students coming from over 80 countries and got to know their cultures and ideas that they shared with me.
1) Genghis Khan: I just want to hear what he talks about at the dinner table.
2) My wife: We have not had dinner with just the two of us since my son was born. It would be nice.
3) Mr. Bernstein: to share musical ideas and just to get inspired.
Besides playing viola, I also made 5 short documentary films about classical musicians and their lives in Mongolia.
Enjoy exploring your music making. It will leave you with many magical moments in your life.